Empirical Study Shows DRM Encourages Infringers

May 29, 2009

Haven’t read the paper yet (and Slashdot tends to sensationalize), but if so, that would be totally awesome. The story on Slashdot:

Hucko writes “Ars Technica has a story about a study by Cambridge law professor Patricia Akester that suggests (declares?) that DRM and its ilk does persuade citizens to infringe copyright and circumvent authors’ protections. The name of the study is ‘Technological accommodation of conflicts between freedom of expression and DRM: the first empirical assessment.’” The study itself is available for download (PDF); there’s also a distillation here.

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