The professional version of the JPEG format, JPEG 2000, already has a DRM extension called JPSEC. But usage of JPEG 2000 is limited to highly specialized applications such as medical imaging, broadcast and cinema image workflows, and archival, therefore the availability of DRM in JPEG 2000 hasn't affected the use of images online, where the legacy JPEG format remains dominant. Now, the JPEG Privacy and Security group is considering essentially backporting DRM to legacy JPEG images, which would have a much broader impact on the open Web.
Digital Rights Management
Many publishing houses don't allow their products to be lent out by digital libraries for fear of piracy. Articles and books by researchers are also affected. Readers are the ones who have to pay the price.
The tl;dr version is that Adobe is going to start pushing for ebook vendors to provide support for the new DRM in March, and when July rolls Adobe is going to force the ebook vendors to stop supporting the older DRM. (Hadrien Gardeur, Paul Durrant, and Martyn Daniels concur on this interpretation.)
This week's episode starts off with a brief economic discussion and then heads into a news miscellany. Believe it or not, LISTen has now been around for five years as of this week.
To cheat and spoil the last lines of this episode:
This episode came to you from the south shores of Lake Erie. This program first originated from metro Las Vegas. Where might it come from at this time next year?
- Associated Press: Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess
- Reuters: Petrified by the fiscal cliff? Relax, it's just a slope
- Zero Hedge: Intended and Unintended Consequences: The ‘Darden Approach’ to Obamacare
- The Corner at National Review Online: Obamacare Forces Applebee’s New York to Stop Hiring
- Stephen's Lighthouse: How to kill a library
- On a + note: How to kill a library… #39: 2012
- The Verge: Boxee CEO Avner Ronen: 'I'm not sure people want everything on demand'
- Daring Fireball: Tweetro, Popular Metro-Style Windows 8 Twitter Client, Hits 100K User Token Wall
- WindowsObserver.com: Tweetro Forced To Pull Their App from Windows Store
- The View From Chaos Manor: eBooks; Benghazi
- TeleRead: In B&N’s closure of Fictionwise, Canadian customers lose big
- Public Libraries News: Make it one to remember: National Libraries Day, Saturday 9th February 2013
- Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals: National Libraries Day takes place on Saturday 9 February 2013
- BBC News: Many teenagers 'can't read GCSE exam papers'
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An Inconvenient Truth About E-books
As we rush headlong into e-books, we’re not considering how our libraries will migrate forward in time, protecting personal and institutional investments. Paper books are readable by anyone who’s literate, but e-books require a reader, and DRM ensures that there will be difficulties in the future. Worse, there are several different file formats and different DRMs used by Apple, Adobe and Amazon.