Some members of the British Parliament seem to have a better understanding of how so-called digital rights management (DRM) affects consumers than most of our representatives.
The All Party Parliamentary Internet Group wants media companies to put clearly worded labels on their products telling the user exactly “what freedom they have to use the content they are purchasing and what would happen if they do something outlawed by the protection system”.
Well, that’s a start. But there’s far more to this issue than just slapping warning labels on a DVD case.
If legislators really understood DRM (and if they really had the best interests of their constituents at heart), they would not allow the big media companies to block consumers from exercising their fair use rights under current copyright law.
Remember, in the end, the recording and video industry really doesn’t want to you to own any of their products. Unlike most of our representatives, this person understands that.
She [Suw Charman, executive director of the Open Rights Group] said that DRM was less about protecting copyright and more about creating a system in which people rent rather than own the media they spend money on.
“We think people rightly feel that once they buy something, it stays bought,” she said.