Free as in Freedom

A bi-weekly discussion of legal, policy, and other issues in the open source and software freedom community (including occasional interviews) from Brooklyn, New York, USA. Presented by Karen Sandler and Bradley M. Kuhn.

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0x69: Microsoft's E-Book Platform and Other DRM Disasters


Karen and Bradley discuss the end to Microsoft's e-book platform and generally the dangers and disasters that Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) cause for software users and developers.

Show Notes:

Karen and Bradley discuss the end to Microsoft's e-book platform and generally the dangers and disasters that Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) cause for software users and developers.

Segment 0 (00:35)
  • Bradley mentioned that Microsoft ended their e-book platform. He said this was “last month” but we ended up releasing this show late, so it was in August 2019 (01:31).
  • Bradley mentioned the analog hole. (09:50)
  • Karen discussed the exception process under DMCA, which Conservancy participated in regarding “Smart” TVs. (12:30)
  • Bradley mentioned this historical burning of the Library of Alexandria as a Roman weapon, comparing it to DRM. (15:07)
  • Bradley talked about how Netflix and Microsoft used Silverlight initially as the method of DRM, and that Microsoft was a leader in the entertainment industry in providing DRM (20:00)
Segment 1 (26:31)
  • Bradley and Karen discuss how DRM and other lock-down of devices, including medical devices, are creating problems in society generally.
  • Karen noted that the role of for-profit companies is not to safeguard the public interest. (41:10)
  • Bradley mentioned you can turn off DRM on the Google Play store for your book (as the publisher). (43:04)

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Free as in Freedom is produced by Dan Lynch of danlynch.org. Theme music written and performed by Mike Tarantino with Charlie Paxson on drums.

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