By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief
To DRM or not to DRM, that is the question. And it’s been around since the beginning of e-books. Advocates sit on both sides of the debate. Generally speaking, one side says that DRM is merely an unnecessary impediment that is hindering the growth of e-reading and denies readers the right to share a book that they already own among multiple devices and formats. The other says that DRM is necessary to protect intellectual property.
The implicit threat to eliminating DRM is piracy. Publishers do not want to take the risk of seeing their valuable property made accessible for free by anyone with an internet connection and the know-how to use a Torrent site. Advocates for eliminating DRM suggest that “piracy is a reaction to unmet demand” and that those who pirate books would not be people who would buy them in the first place and it will motivate people who might on occasion download a free book to buy it legitimately instead, knowing they have the freedoms of ownership.
Of course, there are differences, between the global East and West, North and South, and developed and developing e-book markets. On par, you can say that both sides are correct and there is no obvious answer to what is right.
Where do you stand on the question of what effect eliminating DRM would have on piracy in the global e-book market?
Please elaborate on your point of view in the comments.