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Book Piracy: Less DRM, More Data

By Jenn Webb

[Editor’s note: This piece was published in early 2010. We’ve included it the Best of TOC 2011 anthology because many of the ideas outlined in this interview are driving current debates and proposed anti-piracy legislation.]

As digital book publishing continues to expand at a rapid pace to meet reader demands, piracy rears its head at the forefront of many a discussion in publisher circles. Many publishers respond to the perceived threat with strict digital rights management (DRM) software. But is this the best solution? And does it even provide protection from piracy?

In the following interview, Magellan Media founder and TOC 2011 speaker Brian O’Leary (@brianoleary) discusses the current state of book piracy, how measurement data isn’t sufficient to determine its impact, and why DRM is a poor anti-piracy tool.


  

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