March 19, 2007
Always nice to see an institution-wide boycott of DRM (especially at a U.S. university).
From the MIT Libraries blog:
The MIT Libraries have canceled access to the Society of Automotive Engineersâ€™ web-based database of technical papers, rejecting the SAEâ€™s requirement that MIT accept the imposition of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology.
At a time when technology makes it possible to share research more quickly and broadly than ever before, and when innovative automotive research is a matter of global concern, SAE is limiting access to the research that has been entrusted to the society. In addition to imposing DRM on access to the papers for paid subscribers, the SAE also prevents information about its papers from being found through any channel other than the ones they control.
The entire post is worth reading — it includes faculty and administration comments — and is a good model for universities.