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Hadopi Says French National Library Needs Unprotected Works... To Put Its Own DRM On

from the locking-up-culture dept

In the past, many have noted that proprietary formats for content almost guarantee that certain works will be lost to history. Backwards compatibility becomes a problem, and before long content that could be accessed by tons of programs may be impossible to open just a few years later. For libraries and archvists this is a huge problem -- and it's made even worse when you add DRM to the mix. It appears that even the "anti-piracy" folks in France recognize this, but only to a limited extent.

According to the French publication, Numerama, Hadopi (the agency in charge of stamping out infringement in France), has published an opinion in which it suggests that content creators give the French National Library (Bibliothèque Nationale de France or BNF) works without any DRM on them. As they quite rightly note, in order to better make sure that the culture is preserved and that future archives are accessible, a lack of DRM makes much more sense. They even note that just providing a DRM'd copy with the keys to decrypt it, or with circumvention tools, really isn't sufficient for proper archiving.

That said, the report also then appears to fret about the BNF leaking these unprotected works out into the world. The suggestion seems to be that (wait for it...) the BNF then create its own DRM to lock up the unprotected works that it needs to keep them from getting locked up. In other words, the whole plan is pretty useless anyway.

This is just an opinion, and not binding in any way. So apparently the French government is still considering what sorts of requirements it intends to put on submissions to the BNF, but once again it seems like an overly aggressive "fear of piracy" may actually lead to some bad technical decisions for the sake of "protecting" some works against infringement.


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    Baldaur Regis (profile), Feb 4th, 2013 @ 2:11pm

    Ah, France...

    Those who cannot access the past are doomed to repeat it.

     

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    Anonymous Monkey (profile), Feb 4th, 2013 @ 2:22pm

    Re: Ah, France...

    *slow clap* Bravo!

     

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    Zos (profile), Feb 4th, 2013 @ 2:23pm

    Re: Ah, France...

    and those who can are doomed to be ignored and forced to watch while it gets repeated anyway.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 4th, 2013 @ 2:26pm

    Luckily 'pirates' have proven to be far better at archiving.

     

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    matt C, Feb 4th, 2013 @ 3:02pm

    WTF?

    and that friends is the height of insanity...for the moment

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 4th, 2013 @ 3:26pm

    I refuse to believe this is real. This must be a plot from some obscure sitcom you're recycling.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Feb 4th, 2013 @ 3:49pm

    Someone should submit something to them with the file already locked up via DRM, then when they ask just tell them you're 'saving them the effort of doing it yourself'.

     

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    Jessie (profile), Feb 4th, 2013 @ 3:50pm

    Hmm.

    Wait, all media under a single DRM format? That's crazy talk. Next thing you know, you'll be talking about selling digital copies of media at reasonable prices.

     

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    rd, Feb 4th, 2013 @ 3:52pm

    not about piracy at all

    this is not at all about piracy, not one little bit. it's about control, with Hadopi controlling the access to this content and no one else.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 4th, 2013 @ 4:16pm

    DRM is bad. We need more DRM.

    Someone tell the people at Hadopi that they're supposed to take the medicine every day, not just when they feel like it.

     

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    Qyiet (profile), Feb 4th, 2013 @ 5:45pm

    Double Encrypt it

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 4th, 2013 @ 9:17pm

    Wait... so we're taking works out of the public domain, reattaching copyrights and weighing them down with extra DRM just so the works won't be pirated? Wouldn't it make more sense just to leave them in the public domain in the first place?

    I guess all that Veuve Cliquot must be going to their heads...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 5th, 2013 @ 1:34am

    so, have works made available to the public, but then remove the ability for the public to do anything with them. now where have i come across that before?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 5th, 2013 @ 1:53am

    We have PDF/A1a and b, txt and ASCII - but that would be too easy for the french....

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 5th, 2013 @ 2:54am

    Re: Ah, France...

    Epic comment is epic. *bows in deep respect*

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 5th, 2013 @ 2:57am

    I wonder who will have no history in 500 years. The US seem to be well ahead of not having its history registered. France is following close?

     

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