A Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about copyright over the past couple of weeks, and with good reason — electronic texts are reaching a wider audience than ever before, and as they become more and more ubiquitous in our culture, the discussion of how to make sure authors rights are protected in the best way is paramount. A lot of authors feel that DRM is absolutely essential for protecting their copyright, but don’t necessarily know how it works.

Cory Doctorow recently spoke about the problems inherent in the current method of digital rights management in a lecture delivered to the Library of Congress. If his name looks familiar, it’s because we’ve covered his work before — he’s a science fiction writer and contributor for BoingBoing, as well as an avid opponent of DRM.

Thanks to the magic of the internet, the entire video of his lecture is available to watch for free and is absolutely worth a view. Clocking in at almost exactly 60 minutes, it’s definitely longer than the average Youtube video, but if you’re interested in learning more about DRM then it’s time well spent. Check out the lecture below, and let us know what you think.