With tools like these, DRM won't stop pirates or anyone else

Like it or not, push-button removal of ebook DRM is getting closer to reality.

Removing digital rights management locks from ebooks used to require technical wizardry, but new tools are lowering the barrier to entry.

Book piracy: Less DRM, more data

Book piracy: Less DRM, more data

Brian O'Leary on why publishers should tackle book piracy with open minds and lots of data.

Brian O'Leary, founder of Magellan Media and a speaker at TOC 2011, discusses the difficulties of measuring book piracy and the benefits piracy could create for publishers.

Is DRM More Costly Than Piracy? Thoughts on leveraging marketing strategy and DRM-free content

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about building better (read: strategic) eBooks. The more that I’ve tried to wrap my head around what would work and what wouldn’t, I keep coming back to the idea of reversing self-imposed constraints and searching for opportunity in areas from which we’ve closed off opportunity. One such area is DRM.   As a practice,…

The Analog Hole: Another Argument Against DRM

No matter how strong the encryption, digital rights management can't block "analog hole" piracy.

TOC Recommended Reading

In Defense of Piracy (Lawrence Lessig, Wall Street Journal) The return of this "remix" culture could drive extraordinary economic growth, if encouraged, and properly balanced. It could return our culture to a practice that has marked every culture in human history — save a few in the developed world for much of the 20th century — where many create as…

Watch the YouTube Video, Buy the Product

YouTube's Content ID service, something we've covered in the past, gives publishers two options for handling unauthorized videos: the material can be removed from YouTube or it can be turned into advertising/revenue opportunities. An article in today's New York Times shows which option Google prefers — Content ID can now be used to associate "click-to-buy" links with video clips:…

MyGazines Settles With Magazine Publishers

Mygazines, a Napster-esque magazine service, has reached a settlement with a host of magazine publishers. From Folio: … according to a source with knowledge of the terms, confirmed later by additional court documents, Mygazines has agreed to remove all of the publishers' copyrighted content, review and screen uploads for any content not authorized by the publishers and open a…

Piracy and Advertising: An Unlikely Union that Just Might Work

Some publishers are turning pirated YouTube clips into advertising opportunities.

News Roundup: B&N Won't Buy Borders, Kindle Roadblocks and Sightings, Pirates Convince Game Developer to Drop DRM

Report: No Borders Bid for Barnes & Noble It looks like Barnes & Noble won't acquire Borders after all. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) says B&N is changing course from earlier this year and will not submit a bid for Borders. Kindle Projections, Roadblocks and Sightings Theresa Poletti from MarketWatch comments on the relative absence of Kindle sightings, particularly…

Pirates Convince Game Developer to Drop DRM

"Why do people pirate my games?" Game developer Cliff Harris recently posed this question on his blog and the onslaught of responses caught him (and his blog host) by surprise. Harris offers some interesting conclusions, but most notable is this passage on digital rights management (DRM): People don't like DRM, we knew that, but the extent to which DRM is…