DRM Vs. Fair Use At Siggraph

Aron Schatz
August 1, 2006

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It is Sony vs. the world at Siggraph. On the left is fair use and on the right is DRM and harm to consumers. I'll give you a hint, fair use lost.


The discussion went on for almost two hours and didn't often stray from concerns about fair and personal use, privacy and rights protection for digital content. The criticism of Sony and its industry was fierce, considering the audience consisted of computer graphics industry professionals, who themselves benefit from the protections of copyright laws. There was one source of consumer irritation, however, that Singer did not even try to defend. "Why, when I buy a DVD, am I forced to watch commercials?" an audience member asked. "I know. I agree. I'm with you there," Singer said, laughing.


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