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Supplement Creative Commons with open standards

Jan 15, 2009, 09:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Judith Myerson)

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"One user goal is to download digital content and be able to transfer or share the content from one device to another, each one from a different vendor. This is not possible with the proprietary DRM technology.

"DRM technology limits what you can do with the content after you download it and how many times you can access it if you are not allowed to save it. The content owners and providers can specify how their work can be consumed, reused, managed, and transferred. They use this technology as one of the ways to prevent copyright violations.

"You may be allowed only to display it publicly, make digital public performances of the work, and consume it in other ways, but you may not reuse, manage, or transfer it. You may be allowed only to consume, reuse, and transfer it, but not to manage it. If they allow you to transfer to another device from your device, you may not be able to make the transfer. They can use DRM technology to restrict you to use certain devices to run the same content. This makes it difficult for you to sell, lend, give, or lease the content."

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