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  • January 9, 2013
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It could be said that DRM came about due to a fear of what customers might do if they’re not on a leash, and today Lulu has overcome that fear. They’ve just announced that they’re dropping support for Adobe DE DRM. Effective January 15, 2013, Lulu will no longer offer Adobe’s Digital Editions DRM as…

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  • December 27, 2012
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Have you seen the article that Cyrus Farivar wrote for Ars Technica on Monday? He takes a look at why the publishing industry has not yet followed in the footsteps of the recording industry in dropping DRM. And that leaves this question: where’s the DRM outrage over e-books? Or put another way, why doesn’t Amazon…

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  • December 5, 2012
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Ask anyone in digital publishing and they’ll tell you that fighting piracy is a growth business. Whether you’re conning the US government into illegally closing down legit blogs, finding new ways to attach DRM to a file, or looking for a way to punish customers, there’s always money to be made for one tech company…

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  • September 25, 2012
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A lot of publishers fear Amazon but virtually all will admit that they have to have their ebooks avaialble for the Kindle. And since Amazon was the only seller of DRM-ed Kindle ebooks, publishers either had to go commando (and give up on DRM) or sell via the Kindle Store. This is one of the…

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  • September 24, 2012
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Nintendo’s next gaming console is still a couple months away from release, but gamers’ joy at the sophisticated tech and gameplay is already being tempered by bad news. Nintendo has confirmed the accuracy of a leaked internal doc. Just like on past Nintendo gaming consoles, the Wii U will have region locks which will block…

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  • September 18, 2012
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Techdirt has a fairly long piece on the Harvard Business Review Press deciding to go DRM-free for its e-books. In its on-line FAQ, the HBR notes that it “[trusts its] customers will abide by copyright law and refrain from distributing ebook files illegally.” At first glance, this seems like an interesting and wise decision. After…

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  • August 16, 2012
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Two of the great enemies of any long-running series author are Zeerust and Comic Book Time. As elucidated by TVTropes, Zeerust refers to technological references that are rendered quaint and outdated by real technological advance. Comic Book Time refers to the way characters don’t age as quickly as time passes in the real world. Both…

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  • August 15, 2012
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In case you thought that Tor’s enlightened stance on DRM might be a sign that the ice might be starting to melt around the Big Six publishers, think again. Today in Publishers Weekly, Cory Doctorow writes he has obtained a letter that the UK arm of Hachette sent to authors publishing with it asking that…

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  • August 14, 2012
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Amazing Stories magazine, the oldest SF magazine in the world, stopped publishing in 2005. However, it’s coming back in 2012, and in order to build some publicity, as well as satisfy trademark registration requirements, its publisher is offering a free electronic issue of the magazine to all comers. Steve Davidson writes that the e-zine will…

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  • August 1, 2012
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Tor-Forge Books got a lot of attention a few months back when they announced plans to allow ebookstores to sell their ebooks DRM free, and they also got a smaller but still positive notice the week before last back when they reported that they’d followed through on the plan. Sadly, the process of switching over…