Now (or actually, a while ago) I realize why we had so much trouble getting a certain song to play in conjunction with the slide show that played at my wedding. Digital rights management! At the time I (and others) were irritated because hello, we BOUGHT the thing on iTunes - why didn't it work how we wanted? Why couldn't we use it how we wanted!?
As I'm ripping CDs borrowed from the local library to my computer (to sync with my iPod to listen to at work) I'm wondering exactly how I should be able to use the audio files. Sensibly and legally. It would seem that in this era those terms aren't compatible, especially when it comes to music and other forms of digital media. Who owns what and in what forms and for just how long, exactly? I copied them, but only because I don't own a CD player. I'm not selling them. Nor do I plan to mass distribute them via some peer to peer network. I'll listen to them a few times and then delete them. Exactly how I would listen to something checked out from the library. Perfectly fair and acceptable use, in my opinion.
The library is a sort of gray area. It has DRM material and the way it prevents people from taking the material and running with it is that it's due back in two weeks. And if you don't bring it back, you pay and give it back or pay more and keep it. Except now we are able to take it and run if we want - and all for free.
What do we need? A virtual library where we sign something saying we promise to delete it after using it for two weeks? How is that going to be enforced? Shorter time before something is in the public domain would be nice, too. Ah. I'm pretty sure the books I'm ripping are already in the public domain (or maybe they're almost there) so either way I'm good. I think.
I don't have any more time to devote to this topic, though I know it's quite controversial. It's interesting to see how technological advances cause laws to adjust to the times.
All I know is that I'll be listening to works by C.S. Lewis all day tomorrow which means I'll have to decide right now not to write down any quotes. I'll never get any work done if I do.