27 Jun '16, 8pm

Removing DRM From Aaron Swartz's eBook

After his death, Aaron Swartz became one of the Internet’s most famous defenders of the free exchange of information, one of the most polarizing figures on the topic of intellectual property, and the most famous person that still held on to the ideals the Internet was founded on. Aaron was against DRM, fought for the users, and encouraged open access to information. Early this year, Verso Books published the collected writings of Aaron Swartz. This eBook, according to Verso , contains ‘social DRM’, a watermarking technology that Verso estimates will, “contribute £200,000 to the publisher’s revenue in its first year.” This watermarking technology embeds uniquely identifiable personal information into individual copies of eBooks. With a heavy sigh, you realize you do not live in the best of all possible worlds. The Institute for Biblio-Immunology had a similar reaction to Ve...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/06/27/removing-drm-from-aaron-sw...

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