By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief
DRM for e-books continues to be a contentious issue. As noted in our article from earlier this week — “Does E-book Sharing Create Economic Damage?”: Several publishers have opted to move to non-DRM formats — and other, such as O’Reilly, have been at the vanguard of arguing for elimination altogether (they prefer watermarking the books). It would promote sharing, interoperability and a genuine sense of trust between publisher and reader.
Opponents cite the potential for piracy as the main concern, that and there’s the fact DRM favors the existing power structure in publishing, in so far as it creates silos (real or imagined) around content.
Yes, we know it’s an oversimplification of a very big issue, but tell us where do you stand.
Should E-Book Publishers Abandon the Use of DRM?
- Yes, DRM is an unnecessary barrier (71%, 63 Votes)
- Yes, but with reservations (16%, 14 Votes)
- No, DRM is the right of the publisher and copyright holder (13%, 12 Votes)
Total Voters: 89
Let us know what you think in the comments.