Updated 22 March, 2007
Faculty and Libraries Refuse DRM; SAE Digital Library Canceled.
Friday, March 16th, 2007
The MIT Libraries have canceled
access to the Society of Automotive Engineers’ web-based database of technical
papers, rejecting the SAE’s requirement that MIT accept the imposition
of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. SAE’s DRM technology
severely limits use of SAE papers and imposes unnecessary burdens on readers.
With this technology, users must download a DRM plugin, Adobe’s “FileOpen,”
in order to read SAE papers. This plugin limits use to on-screen viewing
and making a single printed copy, and does not work on Linux or Unix platforms.
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