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Apple planning to employ FairPlay DRM for iBookstore?

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, February 15, 2010
News Categories: iPad

Apple may be planning to use its FairPlay Digital Rights Management (DRM) software on iBookstore purchases. Citing sources in the publishing industry, the Los Angeles Times reports that Apple will use its proven DRM to protect book sales from the iBookstore, although some publishers, such as O’Reilly Media—which has spoken out against DRM on e-book sales—may choose to opt-out of FairPlay on its offerings. According to the report, O’Reilly is in negotiations with Apple offer its books on the iBookstore, which will be part of the new iBooks app expected to launch alongside the iPad. Apple originally developed FairPlay for use on the iTunes Music Store, but has since moved to selling all DRM-free music.

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After a dismal track record in the music industry, I find it odd that other types of media would even consider the use of DRM. No copy protection scheme ever lasts long; it drives many consumers to avoid that media or to pirated copies, depending on their ethics.

Posted by Steve on February 15, 2010 at 1:41 PM (PDT)

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Not even sure what they think they’re accomplishing here. eBooks are so small that bundled collections of dozens to hundreds of books are offered for download on torrent sites. This horse left the barn a long, long time ago.

Apple should look at what tying down content has done for the Kindle and not make the same mistake. Nobody wants to see their literary library, any more than their music library, essentially disappear because there’s nobody making a device that can read your proprietary file encryption.

Just sell the books without DRM and wake up to the reality that somebody already uploaded it to a torrent site before it went on sale anyhow. People who want to reward content creators will, people who don’t, won’t, and DRM isn’t going to do a thing to change that, but, as always, it will inconvenience the paying customers.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on February 15, 2010 at 3:41 PM (PDT)

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