walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

drop DRM and avoid the lawsuit?

I earlier posted that I thought a creative person could go after google books read on the iPhone. I'm no longer certain of that; I think the security aspect is crucial to the patent. If Amazon dropped DRM on the kindle, would this whole thing go away?

I wonder if Amazon will use this as a little opportunity to go chat with the publishers and say, oh, by the way, we're not sure we can afford this lawsuit on our own. If you want DRM, you can help us pay the legal fees. Alternatively, we could go with a non-DRM solution. Or, conceivably, a DRM solution that doesn't involve encryption (I don't _think_ that patent covers watermarking, for example).
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