Digital Magazines, eBooks and Audiobooks

Digital Rights Management

Although we can buy DRM free music, the same cannot be said for Digital magazines, many eBooks, and eMagazines. DRM continues to proliferate and get more restrictive.

For the record, I applaud an individual’s right to protect their spiritual works, and to profit by them. I will not get in to an argument about rights assingments, but simply the principal of the authors rights. 

I also believe in the right of purchase.

  • I do not rent a book, I buy it. 
  • I do not rent an LP or CD album, I buy it. 
  • I do not rent a magazine, I buy it. 
  • I do not rent a home, I buy it. 
  • As Microsoft states, I buy Office 365, even as in their evil empire tactics, they turn it off if I don’t pay every year. The mafia does something similar, I think they call it extortion. 

If I break any of these items, I repair, or buy new copies. I believe the same should be true for Digitized versions of the same items. 

If I wanted to rent, I would, and I should be held liable and pay the consequences for breaching distribution. 

Since I don’t rent, but buy, then I expect to own the package for ever, to pass it on to my inheritors/heirs, to resell, and be able to read and use that single copy as I see fit. 

And therein lies the problem. Some eMagazines have even gone the way of the web. If I want to read a magazine I own, I can only do so from a locked browser session and from their server. Doesn’t that mean I no longer own it?  If I can’t move the material from one digital storage location to another, to physically hold the media containing the works I’ve paid for, how is that ownership?

If I have a book or magazine, album, etc, I can hold the media and move it place to place. I am not necessarily reading it unless I open it and physically start reading, listening, or watching. But I have the freedom to move it, dust it, protect it, and if I take the time duplicate it in to my own medley selection an so forth. I can also sell it if I don’t want it any more. 

So how do my rights translate to DRM media?  Or worse, online, cloud media?

Is there a philosopher who can attempt an explanation?  A lawyer perhaps?

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