Defective by Design

BBC holding public consultation on adding DRM to it's content

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-02-21 12:37

The BBC is holding a Public Consultation as to whether and how to implement DRM on BBC content. They have a form up on their website that allows constituents to air their opinions on a number of questions.

Advogato has a good post about the issues at hand with some recommended answers.

The most important questions regarding DRM seem to be 1, 3, and 5

1. Do you agree with the BBC Trust's proposal to approve the new BBC on-demand services, subject to the modifications outlined in the Trust's report of its provisional conclusions?
3. The BBC Trust has proposed setting a limit of 30 days as the amount of time that programmes can be stored on a computer before being viewed. As this is an emerging market, there is currently no clear standard on the length of the storage window. On balance, the Trust thinks 30 days is the right length of time. How long do you think consumers should be able to store BBC programmes on their computers before viewing them?
5. How important is it that the proposed seven-day catch-up service over the internet is available to consumers who are not using Microsoft software?

Participating in the consultation requires that you submit some basic biographical information, but all of it can be kept anonymous.

I'm sure that DBD members and readers can come up with many appropriate answers to the BBC's questions. Especially number 5! As Advogato rights:
The proposed use of Microsoft's DRM amounts to an endorsement of a single commercial product by the BBC, with no allowance for competition.

We first heard about this on BoingBoing.

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