Magazine article The Futurist

A Digital Ownership Tug-of-War

Magazine article The Futurist

A Digital Ownership Tug-of-War

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The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright by Hector Postigo. MIT Press. 2012. 244 pages. $32.

How much control can a corporation claim over a digitally generated product for which it has the license? It's a debated question, but the digital rights movement--a burgeoning worldwide critical mass of hackers, digital activists, and creative professionals who seek broader rights for media consumers--is trying its best to make sure that the answer favors the consumer public, according to Hector Postigo, Temple University mass media and communications professor. In The Digital Rights Movement, he profiles the issues and actors behind the movement and the huge ramifications that it may hold for media consumers everywhere.

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Privacy, free speech, technological innovation, first sale--digital-rights activists are involved in these and many other issues relevant to media users, Postigo explains. Globally, they resist what they deem to be overly exclusive media-copyright protections on software programs, e-books, digitally generated art and music, and other creative digital content. …

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