Originally Posted by RichL
To me the ideal DRM would be one that 'mimics' pbook purchases. The book could be transferred from person to person indefinitely. Like pbooks though as it left one location and arrived at another there would be no trace of it in the originating location. Even if you took a disc editor to it and you would find no trace whatsoever.
And that's simply not possible, and never will be. If the buyer can read it at all, it can be copied somehow
(Not that there aren't some who would love to try. S.M. Sterling once proposed, on usenet, that the punishment for copyright violations should be automatic prison rape, and that he, personally, should be able to remotely examine ever computer hard drive at any time, without restriction, to make sure you're not ripping off his work. He was not
kidding. For some odd reason, he stopped posting to usenet shortly after that.)