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Issue 4 | Digital Rights Management
By Cory Doctorow Published Sept. 21, 2004 8:00 p.m.

"DRM punishes honest people!" ... "Without DRM, people will steal and artists won't get paid!" ... Usage of Digital Rights Management (DRM) has been hotly debated since a college student threatened to put an entire industry out of business with a little application he built in his spare time, Napster. In this transcript of a speech he gave at Microsoft's campus, Cory explains why DRM doesn't work, why DRM is bad for society, bad for business, bad for artists, and a bad move for Microsoft.

Using Sony and Apple as examples of companies that are using DRM to *punish* consumers, he suggests Microsoft use the opportunity to once again champion users' rights. To follow our current path, Cory argues, is to stifle innovation and contradict the purpose of American copyright law: to promote the useful arts and sciences.


About Cory Doctorow | Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author and technology activist. He won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in 2000. He lives in London and works as European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Doctorow has made electronic versions of the complete text of two of his novels and a short story collection free for download on his website: http://craphound.com


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