LIDA102 Digital rights management debate

Seeing both sides of a debate gives you the opportunity to better understand the issues. In this discussion, choose one of the questions listed below and post to the DRM debate. You post should include:

  1. A sentence summarising the issue.
  2. The most important reason, in your opinion, why DRM is appropriate in a digital world.
  3. The most important reason, in your opinion, why DRM is not appropriate in a digital world.

Optional questions to consider

  • Do you have personal experience of a DRM issue? Summarise the example and present both sides of the issue.
  • Do you have personal experience of a geoblocking issue? Summarise the example and present both sides of the issue.
  • Should owners of equipment have the right of repair? Summarise the example and present both sides of the issue.

Feel free to “like” or reply to interesting contributions. Remember to tag your posts using the course code: lida102.


DRM is a control of a manufacturing company of the product which don’t allow the consumer to repair or make any change or do any copy of the product

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#LiDA102 DRM is a term that companies with ‘copyright’ works, contents, or systems in products use to control the usage, modification, and distribution.

We should follow the regulation of the DRM. However, if the equipment already owned by someone, he/she can do anything what they wanted to do with the acquired products. Doing a repair is a prerogative of the owners with his/her own risks. Unless, the owners wants to maintain the authenticity of the warranty of the products. #LiDA102

#LiDA102 DRM is appropriate in digital world because it controls the access to copyrighted materials, it also aims to stop or ease piracy by imposing technical restrictions.

DRM stands for digital rights management. it’s basically a way to take care of digital media copyright. DRM is important in a digital age because it keeps things original, and protects peoples rights.

“Rights” are a matter of perspective. From the copyright holder’s perspective, their monopoly over their creation (or, more often, a valuable work purchased by a larger entity from the original creator, often for a small fixed price) it is usually seen as a right. For everyone else, it is, in fact, a restriction.

Many assert, with good reason, that “DRM” stands for “Digital Restrictions Management”, as it restricts access to content for all but those who hold copyright (or who have paid a license). In part because of the inequity inherent in DRM, the Creative Commons licensing scheme was developed, to level the playing field. Many of us think that “copyright maximalists” - those (typically corporate lawyers) fighting to extend the term of copyright to 70 years following the death of the creator - have managed to swing the pendulum of government granted rights (or, more accurately, monopolies) too far towards the individual, and too far from the greater populace, and the global Commons.

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DRM is very important in the digital world to protect ordinary citizens from becoming victims.

  • Copyright protection, passwords, fraudulent activities and schemes that are developed to defraud people, using of someone’s personal information without permission, identity theft etc.

  • It is not appropriate when it claims the first right to something I have made sacrifices for and acquired.

I have personal experience with Geo-blocking; some online apps indicate that the product cannot be shipped due to geographical location.

I like your broader perspective. Thank you.

Digital Rights Management (DRM) in a digital world raises concerns regarding user rights, convenience, and privacy. for instance, fair use rights can be restricted by DRM as it makes it hard to quote, adapt, or transform copyrighted content for educational, commentary, or creative purposes. It also hinders users’ ability to make personal backups of legally acquired content, posing a risk of data loss or inability to secure digital collections. It can also be hard to transfer content to a new device or access it across platforms. Some DRM systems may collect personal information or track usage patterns without full user consent or transparency. The collected data can then extend beyond what is necessary for copyright enforcement purposes, raising concerns about potential misuse or unauthorised access to sensitive user information. We need to be conscious of balancing the protection of intellectual property rights with preserving user rights and privacy. lida102