Originally Posted by TheSFReader
That's one point which I DO angst over, as I think encryption based DRMs WILL hinder long-term cultural conservation...
Just curious as to how?
Asssuming you are referring to content distributed with DRM, ebooks, Music and video DVDs etc. as not being accessible on any device in the near or far future, I find it a bit unlikely.
Ebooks in particular as they are generally distributed in more than one format including paper.
Also music/video. As many containers such as Vinyl, BetaMax, 8-track became inconvenient for the average consumer, the works themselves were remastered on CDs and DVDs.
Not saying that the death of epub or mobi would not be a blow to many consumers, just that the works themselves would probably not become totally unavailable to conservationists or anyone else.