DRM undermines access to knowledge

Peter Suber verweist auf einen Artikel von Denise Rosemary Nicholson: Digital Rights Management and Access to Information: a developing country’s perspective, der klar zeigt, dass

… DRMs have the potential to render works inaccessible long after the copyright has expired. It is possible for DRMs to become obsolete and as a result, permanently lock up information which should be in the public domain. This has serious implications, particularly for legal deposit libraries and archives. DRMs also have the potential to lock-up public domain material, as well as indigenous knowledge, behind e-databases controlled by multinationals operating content industries in developing countries. They outlaw “reverse engineering” and inter-operability, which creates an impediment to the development of software industries, and open access projects, in developing countries…. [Fettdruck durch mich]

To ensure better access to information, libraries should promote Open Access initiatives, for example, Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) projects, institutional repositories, research archives and public domain portals, to free up information, particularly public-funded research, so as to avoid lock-up of information by DRMs….