When can DRM be justified?

I had attended the recent Canadian Copyright Consultations Montreal Town Hall. It was very interesting to see the wide range of positions on copyright.

I’ve been reading a little and thinking about DRM. I don’t think DRM is a good thing, but even so, there are probably some areas where it makes some sense. I can think of two:

  1. Subscription services: Paying, say, a monthly fee for access to content. And that access ends when one stops paying for it.
  2. Trial software.

There may be other cases that justify it and certainly there is an argument that DRM is not justified even in these cases.


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