Monday, February 26, 2007

British Government Responds to Petition, Defends DRM

The British government recently received a petition signed by 1,414 people, stating that:
"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Ban the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies for digital content."
In a formal response from 10 Downing Street, the office of the Prime Minister defended the use of digital rights management.
Many content providers have been embedding access and management tools to protect their rights and, for example, prevent illegal copying. We believe that they should be able to continue to protect their content in this way. However, DRM does not only act as a policeman through technical protection measures, it also enables content companies to offer the consumer unprecedented choice in terms of how they consume content, and the corresponding price they wish to pay.
As far as I know, this is the first offical pro-DRM stance from a European nation, which complicates any hope of an EU directive on the issue.

(Via 10 Downing Street)