What Is The Digital Millennium Copyright Act?

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I was not that long ago when a friend wanted to borrow a book all that needed to happen was to go inside and locate the physical book and hand it to them. Once the book was loaned out, you no longer had possession and could not read the book until it was returned. No special software or devices were needed to enjoy sharing and reading a book owned by a friend or associate. These books were still covered by copyright protection, but sharing your favorite author was easy and fun. It was not long after computers became more mainstream that books and other media could be found digitally produced by the author, creator or publisher. With this advancement came the ability to share a book or other media with a friend while retaining the original…show more content…
What if the content server is not available? Temporary outages are common in the IT world, but what if the content server was permanently gone and no longer supported. Think about 8 tracks and cassette tapes. It will not be long, if not already, where mainstream individual will not be able to play the content on that old format. There is also privacy concerns with a proprietary system. We do not know what information is really sent to Adobe.There is also a price concern. Part of the cost of digital media lies in the price of the DRM protection,which can be expensive especially for smaller artists or production companies. There are plenty of positive and negatives to be found, so where does this leave Adobe in the DMR space for the future?
The trend for DRM can be seen with a recent ruling by W3C to standardize DRM content on the web. Though this ruling is far from perfect, and might even be worse than the current version, it does create a standard (Kastrenakes, 2017) . As with most first version standards, there is a way to go in making it work for most or all situations, but the trend is clear. Once a standard is created, nobody really owns it, so companies including open source versions are free to enter the market and produce a affordable competing product that everyone can use.
DRM software is in place to protect the artist, writer and
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