British government responds to epetition on DRM

The British government receives petitions in electronic form through it’s web site these days. It recently responded to a petition asking for:

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Ban the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies for digital content.”

 The petition took as it’s starting point the APIG recommendation, that digital goods be labelled clearly with what consumers can and cannot do, but went beyond that to ask for DRM to be outlawed.

The petition garnered less than 2000 signatures – which suggests that maybe DRM is not the hot topic among the masses that the online media types think it should be. The government response recognises the importance of consumer rights but places trust in the market to “reach a balance”. it also mentions the Gowers report and the proposed  limited private copying exemption for format shifting as positive developments in this field.

On a different note there is an article on the BBC site where lawyer Michael Geist look at the US stance on copyright and the recent report from the International Intellectual Property Alliance which takes a global view of IP issues and lists countries singled out for poor implementations of laws or proposed laws resulting in

“the majority of the world’s population finds itself on the list, with 23 of the world’s 30 most populous countries targeted for criticism (the exceptions are the UK, Germany, Ethiopia, Iran, France, Congo, and Myanmar).”

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