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Old 02-15-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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LA Times: Apple to wrap digital books in FairPlay copy protection

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When Apple launches its iBook store to sell titles for its new iPad device in March, many of its titles are expected to come with a set of handsome digital locks designed to deter piracy.

Veteran iTunes customers will recognize the locks as FairPlay, a digital rights management software that once limited how many times digital songs can be copied onto different computers. (Apple phased out FairPlay a year ago, and now sells unfettered tunes.)

Next month, Apple will be dusting off those digital cuffs for books, according to sources in the publishing industry.

No doubt some publishers, including O'Reilly Media -- which has vociferously argued that digital locks are harmful to sales -- will opt not to deploy FairPlay. (O'Reilly, which puts out technical books, was not on the list of five publishers during Apple's announcement of the iPad, but is discussing a deal with Apple.)

But the majority of publishers are expected to embrace FairPlay, along with other copy protection software such as Adobe's Content Server 4, as a means to squelch incipient book piracy as the e-book market begins to take off.
The question is, will Apple allow publishers a choice of DRM/no DRM?
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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The question really is, do we need yet another incompatible form of DRM?

At least FairPlay is easily liberated....
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Actually, Fairplay was never phased out: While Apple stopped using it on music, it's still in use on videos.

I really hope they will let the publishers decide if they want to use DRM or not, like they did with EMI music!
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Not a surprise, but I still hate to hear it. I would actually thought of buying if they were without DRM. As it stands, I have never bought a song from Apple, and I guess I'll never buy a book....
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... I would actually thought of buying if they were without DRM. As it stands, I have never bought a song from Apple, and I guess I'll never buy a book....
Apple's iTunes songs do not have DRM.
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Apple's iTunes songs do not have DRM.
I know they don't now, but I buy my mp3's from Amazon... excellent selection and prices, and DRM free before Apple...

Just a left over grudge form Apples weird format and DRM in the early days....
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