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Janus and Ebooks

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    Jaz

    Janus is MS's newDRM Technology for WMA's.  Could this be applied to Ebooks meaning that perhaps we could pay £10 less than what we would in the shops for a single print ebook but allows any code examples to be copied but thats it and maybe only readable on 1 PC hmm i dunno. 

    Could it be possible to do something like this?

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    atmasphere

    It may be possible to control the levels at such a granular level, but I think the DRM system has some work ahead to make it easy enough to use and not get confused...

    http://www.atmasphere.net/wp/archives/2004/05/03/microsoft-drm
    http://www.atmasphere.net/wp/archives/2004/05/01/when-drm-goes-wrong

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    Jaz

    themaffeo wrote:

    In the longrun though, I think Burce Schneider has a point:

    "Digital files cannot be made uncopyable, any more than water can be made not wet."

    http://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram-0105.html


    I concur that DRM will probably always be broken by someone or something.

    However i'd be more willing to pay for chapters of a book than a whole book sometimes (i mean technical books rather than harry potter).  I don't know, maybe thats me.  if i had the ability to print them that would be better as i do prefer having the printed page in my hands still.

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    themaffeo

    DRM has a long way to go before it is a truly viable technology.  I too have been frustraited.  Once for example when I had to reload my computer and didnt have backup licences of DRM'd songs.  There went a good 30 bucks or so.

    Now I just buy the songs, burn them to cd, then rip them back to wma's.  2 extra steps, but its legal.

    In the longrun though, I think Burce Schneider has a point:

    "Digital files cannot be made uncopyable, any more than water can be made not wet."

    http://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram-0105.html

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