@rnickson Nah, the books continue to work as designed. Unfortunately they were designed to stop working as books after a given this situation. #DefectiveByDesign

@rnickson IMO any company that shuts down their DRM servers should be legally required to distribute the keys and/or a tool to remove their own DRM

@foxwitch @rnickson Chances are, they wont.

"We have your money, screw loyalty."

@foxwitch @rnickson That is actually too late. Any company that serves DRM-ed files should be obliged to provide those keys/tools up-front to authorities, which should then regularly verify that they still work, or revoke the company's permission to sell them and require refunds (so that they don't "lose" their old keys).

@deshipu

@foxwitch @rnickson

Or simply ban DRM and save millions from the government treasury

@wuwei @foxwitch @rnickson I don't think banning encryption will have the desired effects.

@wuwei DRM relies on encryption. Forbidding the use of encryption for DRM is just one step away from forbidding it for other uses, and as we all know from those other uses, it doesn't really work the way we would want it to. Especially when the judges would be unable to tell encryption from compression using a proprietary algorithm or similar moot cases.

Instead we already have institutions dedicated to preserving cultural heritage (libraries, etc.) which would be more than happy to help.

@wuwei And if I remember correctly, many countries already have laws in place that require donating any published book to a designated library. All that is needed is to extend it to all forms of publishing, not just print.

@deshipu

It's a possibility but why go around the problem? The encryption isn't the problem, DRM in general is.

@wuwei Because this solves the wider class of problems that the publishers are intentionally creating. It's not just about DRM, it applies equally to any other kind of paywall, or solutions designed to limit access for other reasons. Also the problem with works that have entered public domain finally, but no longer are available for that public.

@deshipu Won't ever happen. The "authorities" are in bed with the tech/DRM/copyright industry…

@foxwitch @rnickson

@foxwitch @rnickson Server code would be great too. I think this should also apply to game consoles.

@foxwitch @rnickson I like to say that loosing your copyright would be a suitably ironic punishment for using DRM in the first place.

@foxwitch @rnickson Personally if I were in charge companies would also have to decide on whether they want copyright or DRM. Anything DRMed would be considered to have all rights waived (I'd also revoke all DRM anti-circumvention laws).

@foxwitch @rnickson Steam has already said that they will do that if Valve ever goes out of business.

@rnickson DRM should have never existed. It causes more problems than it solves.

@rnickson paper books were better than scrolls

sometimes ebooks are better than regular books

remember when you can't skip anti piracy propaganda on original dvds, but the pirated ones doesn't even have that shit?

@rnickson
When they shut down Groove Music, they allowed everyone to download copies of the music they'd purchased beforehand. I wonder why they didn't do the same thing for their customers that bought books here (all three of them)

@rnickson An that is why I will not buy DRM'd books. Never have. People didn't learn with 1984 being revoked shortly after it's release.

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