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DRM webcast for ACRL March 1 2011

"DRM Elimination Crew Suit" by GregoryH

I'm giving an online presentation for ACRL's e-learning series entitled "Digital Rights Management (DRM): Information Roadblock for Library Users." It's largely based on my recent Progressive Librarian article.

There's still time to register if you want to attend. It's next Tuesday, March 1, at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern. Here's the blurb from ACRL's site:

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a set of technological "locks" that restrict how digital information can be used, often to the detriment of libraries and their users. In this webcast, learn what DRM is, why it exists, and its history with the entertainment industry and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. We'll discuss cases in which DRM has an impact on the free use of information, fair use, and what libraries should do about it.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn:

  • What DRM is
  • How the DMCA makes DRM a problem for fair use
  • How DRM impedes information users
  • Why¬†librarians should care
  • What libraries should do about it

DRM: Information Roadblock for Library Users (ACRL)


DRM article in Progressive Librarian

"Steal This Comic," xkcd.com, by Randall Munroe

Just a quick post to mention that I've published my first peer-reviewed article!

Puckett, J. (2010). Digital Rights Management as information access barrier. Progressive Librarian, (34-35), 11-24.

"Digital Rights Management as information access barrier" is in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Progressive Librarian. It's a small journal and recent issues aren't online yet, but it's available under a Creative Commons license so I can share it here (PDF link). Open access FTW. Also, spoiler alert: turns out I think DRM is bad.

Scholarly publishing being what it is, some of the research is already a bit out of date. Notably, there have been some new DMCA exemptions passed that have created some new classes of legitimate use for circumventing DRM. If I've got to be outdated, that's a good reason in my books.

Also: If you're interested in DRM, and if you can get your hands on the print issue of Progressive Librarian (#34-35, Fall-Winter 2010), my article precedes a great related essay by Ted Striphas, pp. 39-45, "E-books in the classroom: Implications for teaching, learning and research," all about the Amazon Kindle.

Also also: I'll be presenting on DRM online for ACRL on March 1. Still time to register.