The industry say that DRM is used to stop people pirating eBooks but in truth in terms of piracy DRM is ineffectual, and all DRM does is lock users into one type of platform for using eBooks they have bought and paid for.
Imagine a situation where your CD's could only be used on a player supplied by the record company, or a book that could only be read using a lamp made by Random House - and that's pretty much DRM in a nutshell.
DRM exists primarily as a way to control how consumers access purchased content. A side effect of this is that DRM can be used to lock people into a particular platform or service. And the really insidious thing about this is that people are unaware that they are being locked into a platform or service. ZD NET
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Many people don't understand DRM but what it means is that if I buy an eBook from say Amazon, I can't then use it on my Sony eReader and quite often visa versa. I've no doubt that DRM will go the way of the dodo though - it always has in the past and Apple themselves removed DRM from music bought in their store when Amazon started selling DRM free MP3'S.
"Amazon uses DRM to lock people in. If you later want to "drop out of Kindle, you lose all your books. eBooks without DRM technology are easily shareable between users, just like print books," and therefore, "books without DRM are more valuable to readers."
The British Library is continuing its campaign against the threat of digital rights management (DRM) technology to the management of UK cultural data.
The British Library is tackling the undefined nature of IP rights in the digital age, as embodied in UK law, with DRM implementations being increasingly unforgiving for libraries and public bodies.
Defective by Design are an organization fighting the use of DRM in all digital media and they have some interesting points to make on their website HERE.