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The complainant known as Prince issues a take down order.

Last month, Prince took exception to eight 6-second video clips, apparently owned by him, that appeared on Twitter’s Vine platform. He issued a DMCA copyright complaint to Twitter, who apparently complied by removing the material. Here’s a good news story.

The copyright system is a house of cards. Now that anyone can make perfect copies of media, performers may need to stop relying upon royalties and instead be paid once for each performance, just like most people.

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DRM and Amazon’s Kindle

Last week Amazon disabled Norwegian Linn Nygaard’s account. Her dozens of Kindle book titles were deleted at the same time. She had purchased her Kindle while visiting England and had been using it to buy U.K. e-book titles from Amazon.

Apparently some of her e-book title purchases were not licensed for sale in Norway. Kindle e-books incorporate DRM.

I’ve never trusted DRM (Digital Rights Management). I call it Digital Restrictions Management. When you “buy” an item that includes DRM, you merely buy a license to use it. DRM relies upon the ability of the DRM code to contact the licensor’s DRM server. If the licensor or his DRM server disappears, or as in Ms. Nygaard’s case, the licensor decides to stop your access, you won’t be able to access your DRM-protected material.

Arstechnica published an article (DRM be Damned. How To Protect Your Amazon e-books from being Deleted) about Ms. Nygaard’s Kindle problem together with links to DRM removal procedures. They warn you that disabling DRM from material that you thought you owned may make you a criminal. Thanks, DMCA.

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