Eric Rosenfield.com

What happens when there’s DRM on everything?

Tuesday January 24th 2006, 10:59 pm

tarmle: Burnoff: Part 1 - The Bad Guys Win

Physical bookshops are a novelty now; they only sell works that are in the public domain, and only to a few die-hard paper enthusiasts. Their prices rise steadily as demand drops and the printing and binding industry falters. Tightened regulation has made it illegal to sell second hand books that are still under copyright - the bookshops will sometimes give the customer a few cents for old books, part of a commission they receive for sending them off to be destroyed by the publishers. Public libraries have almost disappeared - unable to adapt to an environment where more and more books were only available in locked digital formats, they were forced to close all but the largest repositories - and even those are rapidly becoming obsolete. The last book you tried to download to you eReader turned out to be incompatible. The latest novels are now being streamed as well, one page at a time, and you’ll have to buy a new reader that supports wireless quantum encryption. It seems odd that you’re old enough to remember when photocopiers were still legal.

The only way writers can get their novels read, or musicians have their music heard, is by signing with a content provider who will claim the work as their own and charge people for access. It’s nearly impossible for artists to make money anymore. The celebrities you read about, the millionaires who’s contribution to the industry was actually rewarded, are a microscopic minority. But wasn’t it always that way? There is nothing to stop an author from reading a work aloud in public, or a band from performing to a live audience, but few beyond that space will hear it. Hardly anyone has access to the technology that would let them record what they’re hearing, at least not in any permanent form, and even fewer have the means to share it once they have. And god forbid the artists accidentally use a sentence or lyric already claimed by one of the corporations…

Subjects:

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

 
Who is Eric Rosenfield?
What is Wet Asphalt?
What is The Book: A Novel?
My Notebook
My Resume
My Mailing List
Subscription Feed RSS
Add to Live Journal
The Master Page
Subscription Feed The Master Feed





What I'm Looking At
  • No links

January 2006
M T W T F S S
« Dec   Feb »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  

Archives


Search


Currently Reading

www.flickr.com
erosenfield's photos More of erosenfield's photos

ER.com 1.0
(Dec 31st, 2000 - Jul 16th, 2002)

ER.com 2.0
(Dec 24th, 2002 - Jul 21st, 2005)


ER.com version 3.0. Content copyright © Eric Rosenfield under a Creative Commons license except where otherwise noted, or material quoted from other sources under "fair use".
Design and programming by Eric Rosenfield, modified from the Conestoga Street Wordpress Theme by Theron Parlin. Glasses and portrait photos by Philip Sheridan.
Powered by WordPress





Creative Commons License