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FTC: Digital Rights Management Software Use Requires Disclosure

Companies that bundle music, movies and games with digital rights management software must prominently disclose information about such software to consumers, a Federal Trade Commission official warned last week...

Corynne McSherry, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the FTC that digital rights management software threatens consumers' ability to use media. "Fair use means that you can do things like buy a CD and take it home and play it on various different devices and play it in the background in your kitchen and your toddler can dance to it and then you can put a video of the toddler dancing up on YouTube," McSherry said. "Unfortunately, DRM (digital rights management) can interfere with those expectations."

Monday, March 30, 2009

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