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Thursday, May 01, 2003

The AAP and the ALA have jointly sponsored a white paper by F. Hill Slowinski, What Consumers Want in Digital Rights Management (DRM): Making Content as Widely Available as Possible In Ways that Satisfy Consumer Preferences. The paper acknowledges the harsh criticism of the DRM currently used on ebooks, but is optimistic that the objections can be answered. Excerpt: "The first generation of DRM products was designed to protect content. In many ways, it may have done that too well. We see the second generation of DRM products being developed to promote ease of access to content while still protecting the authorís and publisherís interests."