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NCC raises digital rights concerns

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 21 Jan 2006 19:40 User comments (4)

NCC raises digital rights concerns The UK's National Consumer Council (NCC) has called for new laws to protect the rights of consumers to properly use purchased digital content. In a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into technologies that limit what people can do with CDs, DVDs and downloaded media, the group said that anti-piracy efforts were eroding established rights to digital media. The NCC fears a self-regulated industry will fail adequately protect consumers' rights.
The group said that honest consumers were constantly clashing with digital content protections that were put on their products by major record labels or movie studios. Many consumers complained about not being able to easily move digital copies between devices, like the thousands of iPod owners who couldn't store music on their iPods because of DRM. The NCC said such digital locks are "constraining the legitimate consumer use of digital content."

It said that rights established by consumer protection and data protection laws were being undermined. "Consumers face security risks to their equipment, limitations on their use of products, poor information when purchasing products and unfair contract terms," said Jill Johnstone, the NCC's director of policy. As an example, the group pointed out the recent XCP and MediaMax discoveries that turned into an on-going public relations nightmare for Sony BMG.

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4 user comments

122.1.2006 6:16

DRM shouldn't be implemented on CD's and DVD's. If someone buys either or both of the two they should be allowed to do what they want with it. They've payed money for it.

222.1.2006 14:52

Since when does BIG Business Give a Rats (YOU KNOW WHAT) about the consumer.It's ALL about the almighty $$ . That's IT period..

326.1.2006 15:17

<quote>(YOU KNOW WHAT)</quote> That would be A$$

426.1.2006 17:28

It's about (*&#^!@&^% time! Now if we can just import that idea to the US... :-D I wonder if it's copyrighted... :-(

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