The dangers of ‘locking down’ the Internet by Michael Geist

As digital technologies and the Internet began to emerge in the mid-1990s, many content companies responded by betting on the ability of technological protection measures to re-assert the control that was rapidly slipping from their grasp.The vision of control through technology required considerable co-ordination – the insertion of encryption on content distributed to consumers, co-operation from electronics makers to respect the technological limitations within their products and new legal provisions to prohibit attempts to pick the new digital locks.A decade later, the strategy lies in tatters. Many content owners have dropped digital locks after alienating disgruntled consumers fed up with their inability to freely use their personal property.

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