International Day Against DRM 2017

What is DRM?

Digital Restrictions Management is the practice of imposing technological restrictions that control what users can do with digital media. When a program is designed to prevent you from copying or sharing a song, reading an ebook on another device, or playing a single-player game without an Internet connection, you are being restricted by DRM. In other words, DRM creates a damaged good; it prevents you from doing what would be possible without it. This concentrates control over production and distribution of media, giving DRM peddlers the power to carry out massive digital book burnings and conduct large scale surveillance over people’s media viewing habits.

If we want to avoid a future in which our devices serve as an apparatus to monitor and control our interaction with digital media, we must fight to retain control of our media and software.


The Canary in the Coal Mine / De kanarie in de Kolenmijn

My latest ebook, it’s a warning by Marianne Thieme and Ewald Engelen against the unsustainability of the current political and financial choices.


Ewald Engelen and Marianne Thieme warn against the unsustainability of today’s politics and financial choices. Like a canary in a coal mine, they identify the dangers that jeopardise our future. Such as the fossil perspective, which has led to the near-complete depletion of the collected reserves of fossil fuels. Or the fact that famine is not the result of insufficient food production, but predominantly due to food distribution and waste issues. And that conflicts over water are not a thing of the distant future, but are already manifest in the present. The majority of politicians and scientists opt for marginal changes within the status quo, focused on more economic growth and increased free trade. Ewald Engelen and Marianne Thieme advocate a radical change of direction. Engelen from an economic perspective, Thieme from an ecological standpoint. They reach a common conclusion: the financial system and the political structure are rotten to the core. Plan B is unavoidable. Ewald Engelen (1963) is professor of financial geography at the University of Amsterdam, where he studies the global financial system. As a publicist and activist, he is well-known for his criticism of the euro and TTIP, the trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. Marianne Thieme (1972) is group leader for the Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren) in the House of Representatives in the Netherlands, lawyer, animal rights and environmental activist and publicist. In 2002 she was one of the co-founders of Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren).

New Ebooks

Spanish Learning Bundle: Learn Spanish Guide + Spanish Vocabulary

As you can read in my profile, I’m learning Spanish. But at the moment I’m not making much progress, so I bought this bundle at Amazon. Hoping it will help me make more and faster progress.

Of course it’s in the Kindle format with DRM, but with Calibre I’ve made it DRMfree and converted it to Epub, so I can use it also on my ereader.

ErichVonDanikenChariotsOfTheGodsChariots of the Gods – Erich von Däniken

Chariots of the Gods is a book authored in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. It involves the hypothesis that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by ancient astronauts who were welcomed as gods.

Read the book when I was young(er), finally I bought me a copy, of course in digital format 😉

Merendeel Nederlandse ebooks vanaf 18 januari zonder Adobe DRM

Vanaf 14 januari zal CB 8.426 ebooks met Adobe DRM beveiliging omzetten naar watermerk.
Hierdoor wordt in totaal 74% van de beschikbare 20.000 ebooks voortaan uitgeleverd met watermerkbeveiliging of zonder DRM.
Met deze omzetting komt CB tegemoet aan een breed gedragen wens van de markt om afscheid te nemen van Adobe DRM.

Veel uitgevers hebben gehoor gegeven aan de roep uit de markt om te stoppen met het gebruiksonvriendelijke Adobe DRM. Dat ging niet zonder meer: éénmaal aangemeld is het niet zomaar mogelijk om de beveiligingswijze (Adobe DRM, watermerk of geen DRM) van een ebook dat in de handel is verschenen aan te passen. Daarom zette CB in samenwerking met de internationale ISBN organisatie eind vorig jaar de zogenaamde ‘inkeerregeling’ op touw, waarbij Nederlandse uitgevers de kans werd geboden om hun reeds aangemelde ebooks alsnog met watermerkbeveiliging te gaan uitrusten, in plaats van Adobe DRM.

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Adobe DRM uit EPUB verwijderen

Hier kan je een eenvoudige handleiding vinden om de Adobe DRM* uit je EPUB’s te verwijderen.

* Digital Rights Management, hoewel Digital Restrictions Management een betere benaming is …

Dit is uitsluitend bedoeld voor prive gebruik.

Zodat je je ebooks met iedere ereader of ereader app kan lezen.

Bronnen :

Ebook Formats, DRM and You — A Guide for the Perplexed
Calibre plugins: the simplest option for removing most eBook DRM
DRM Removal Tools for eBooks

Last edited by Arie on 14 November 2012 at 16:30

CB komt met omzettingsregeling Adobe DRM naar watermerk

Het CB, de belangrijkste distributeur van ebooks in Nederland, maakt het binnenkort mogelijk voor uitgevers om in een keer hun bestaande ebooks om te laten zetten naar watermerkbeveiliging. Normaal zou hiervoor per titel een nieuw ISBN moeten worden aangevraagd. Vanwege de toenemende belangstelling voor watermerkbeveiliging is dit nu eenmalig niet nodig.

Het CB laat in een e-mail naar uitgevers weten dat steeds meer uitgevers ervoor kiezen hun ebooks met watermerkbeveiliging aan te bieden in plaats van met Adobe DRM. “Waar enkele jaren geleden de voorkeur nog lag bij Adobe DRM, zien uitgevers steeds meer in dat Adobe DRM voor consumenten tal van problemen oplevert. Meerdere uitgevers hebben de keus gemaakt om voor nieuwe titels watermerkbeveiliging toe te passen.”

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Het gaat dan eindelijk de goede kant op. Niets zo waardeloos als DRM op je boeken

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