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Happy International Day Against DRM

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In Canada we’re living in the looming shadow of Bill C-11 which will criminalize circumvention of DRM.

The Readers' Bill of Rights for Digital Books - We have constructed the Readers' Bill of Rights for Digital Books as a set of guidelines that can be consulted when purchasing a digital book,  a collection of electronic books, or an ebook reading device. We especially hope it will be useful for those who purchase said items for permanent library collections. - As readers of traditional print materials, we are already guaranteed all of these rights-- and we should not be denied them due to the medium in which we are reading. - The Readers' Bill of Rights for Digital Books - 1. Ability to retain, archive and transfer purchased materials 2. Ability to create a paper copy of the item in its entirety 3. Digital Books should be in an open format (e.g. you could read on a computer, not just a device) 4. Choice of hardware to access books (e.g. in 3 years when your device has broken, you can still  read your book on other hardware) 5. Reader onformation will remain private (what, when and how we read will not be stored, sold or marketed)


As a writer, I very much support the Reader’s Bill of Rights. Whether such initiatives will be able to co-exist with Bill C-11 is doubtful.

*sigh*


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Written by Laurel L. Russwurm

May 4, 2012 at 6:14 am

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