“Digital is not Different” approach to copyright advocated by the British Library

The base on which their platform is built is the claim that “digital is not different.” Copyright law should apply equally to both digital and analog works, something already recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) but not made explicit in UK law. The silence on this matter has led to “some rights holder groups to challenge whether these rights in UK law are applicable to the new digital environment.”The rights in question include things like “fair dealing,” the UK version of “fair use” in the US. In both countries, copyright law makes explicit exceptions for several uses of copyrighted material that require no permission from the copyright holder. While these laws are still on the books, they quickly become meaningless when DRM is used to lock down digital content—and cracking the DRM is illegal, even for legitimate uses.

Read the commentary from Ars Technica

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