Ebooks 101: DRM (Digital Rights Management)

Christopher Harris writes for the ALA’s E-Content blog about Ebooks 101: DRM (Digital Rights Management). This quick primer discusses the definitions and issues involved with DRM and libraries.

“It is important to remember that applying DRM to digital content is like locking the doors on a convertible when the top is down. It may make you feel safer, and it may stop people who are walking around trying car doors, but what it really offers is security theater. All of the major DRM methods have been cracked. In most cases, the cracks are widely published (like stories on boing boing) and offer 1-click ease. I would report the breaking news that the Harry Potter books have been pirated and released, except that in most cases that already happened years ago within hours of their release (if not before).”