I think you're making an assumption - that, just because you can download an
ebook, you can do whatever you want with it. Not so fast. This ebook
business does have some controls built into it by publishers and
distributors. They can assign digital rights to an ebook/epublication to
manage copyright infringement (at least as they see it). They can restrict
copying, printing and viewing - and we don't have much to say about it.
To find out what digital rights (if any) have been associated with the
ebooks you have, you can open ADE in Library mode, then rest your cursor on
the ebook's entry (either a picture or the ebook's name). A small arrow
will appear next to the ebook's entry. Rest your cursor on that arrow, and
a drop-down list will appear. Click on 'Item Info', and you'll find the
permissions assigned to it.
You don't 'get rid' of Adobe DRM. It's a part of the software - and also is
part of other maker's software. In fact, it's part of the law called the
Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 2001.
So much for digital rights. However, I could interpret your post
differently, because you didn't tell us what the message really said, only
that you thought it involved digital rights. If I haven't hit the nail on
the head this time, post back with the actual message text, and I'll give it
So you can't (easily) remove DRM from DRM-wrapped media.
But if you're adverse to owning copies of media which DRM does not even let you use it fairly, there's always tons of great non-DRM media available.
Let's put it this way. There's no question of 'ease' here. That implies
that it's OK for you to remove digital rights, which is not true at all.
You can contact your source for the epublication and determine whether they
will modify the file for you, but that's not going to happen except under
very unusual circumstances. 'Fairness' implies also that you think it's OK
to use the media in some way that contravenes digital rights, thus making
you the authority on the use of the media. Your opinion on what uses the
media should be put to is important to the publishers/distributors, but does
not override their decisions on what you can do with it. They're driving -
On the illegal side, some members of the techno-savvy community who have
complete disregard for the law have figured out a way to
nullify/remove/modify (encrypted) digital rights from epublications. They
have made their methods known to those who wish to do this. IMO, that's
equivalent to WikiLeaks' assertion that all secret government information
should be disclosed.... I hope this addresses your concerns.
The DRM in this case is preventing the user from even reading it on their eBook reader. Sadly, this happens a lot, Adobe in particular.
They want to remove the DRM for one reason -- to actually be able to read it. Guilty as charged?
So if you have media without DRM, which is the majority of the world's media, and virtually all media from say just a few years ago, you would have little issue accessing it.
I'm sorry to hear that someone is having problems with reading their ebooks
on their ebook reader - but don't make the leap from their problems to
condemning Adobe for the problems.
As I said before, it's the publishers and distributors that make the
decision, not the software vendor. You won't be convinced that it's not
really Adobe's problem unless/until you take the time to check out the
media. You could try other software to see if the problem really is
isolated to Adobe, but you should know that most emedia software will use
the same DRM control programming. Amazon, B&N and others with captive
ereaders would be subject to the same restrictions. So is Overdrive,
Bluefire and other ereader software.
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Please keep in mind also that DRM copyright protection removal is illegal.