Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This was nothing the opponents of DRM didn't predict, but that doesn't take away the sting. "While a handful of incidents have brought that reality into sharp relief over the years, none has quite the punch of Microsoft disappearing every single ebook from every one of its customers." You read that right. If you ever bought an ebook from Microsoft, your purchase is about to vanish into the ether. "Starting as soon as this week, it’s going to remove all purchased books from the libraries of those who bought them." If ever there was a good argument for breaking the digital lock and saving the ebook you bought, this is it. “This is why we call DRM media and devices defective by design, or broken from the beginning. There’s self-destruction built into the whole concept.”

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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2021 11:20 p.m.