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UK dog barks at digital rights management

New laws required to protect consumers
Tue Jan 17 2006, 08:10
THE BACKLASH against the music and movie industry's DRM seems to have begun, with the UK National Consumer Council (NCC) calling for new laws to protect consumers.

The NCC, which is a high profile consumer watchdog, said that new laws were required to protect users' rights to use digital music and movies. It said that the music and film industry's DRM software was eroding established rights to digital media and it had little faith that industry self-regulation would adequately protect consumers' rights.

Speaking to a parliamentary inquiry, the NCC said many consumers were finding too many restrictions being put on products by record companies and film makers.

It said that consumers face security risks to their equipment, limitations on their use of products, poor information when purchasing products and unfair contract terms.

More at the BBC. µ


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