what should we do about it? flickr.com/photos/diginux/164315353 flickr.com/photos/inju “ Seventy percent of Springer’s business comes from research libraries… “ We showed them our original plans and they said, ‘Start over,’ with no DRM… “ Our policy is to give our customers whatever they want.” Reid, Calvin. “Libraries Say ‘No DRM’; Springer Agrees.” Publishers Weekly , October 29, 2010.
the eBook User’s Bill of Rights full text at librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/2011/02/ebookrights.html
Every eBook user should have the following rights:
the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations
the right to access eBooks on any technological platform
the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright
Digital Rights Management (DRM), like a tariff, acts as a mechanism to inhibit this free exchange of ideas, literature, and information.
As a customer, I am entitled to be treated with respect and not as a potential criminal. As a consumer, I am entitled to make my own decisions about the eBooks that I buy or borrow.