[thelist] selling ebooks

Conyers, Dwayne dwayne.conyers at hp.com
Thu Apr 5 19:53:06 CDT 2007

Sbeam ink wired:

> When selling an Adobe ebook (or the MS or Palm ones 
> for that matter) using the DRM feature <shudder> - 
> how does the reader software on the customer's 
> computer know that they are allowed to read what 
> they have downloaded? 

I remember doing a search on an e-book that I heard about and was
considering purchasing.  

Not only did I find the book I was looking for... I found a site that
had a tool to crack the encryption on the book... another site that had
a cracked version of the book (for free download)... YIKES!

Bottom line... anything electronic can be accessed.  The only benefit of
locks (like DRM) is that they keep honest people honest.

I made magic once.  Now, the sofa is gone.

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