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Friday, November 09, 2007
Professor Alfred Yen on Major League Baseball and Digital Rights Management

Over on, Boston College Law School Professor Alfred Yen has authored a great piece on problems with MLB's digital downloads.

Here is an excerpt:
Fans who downloaded complete games from MLB had to log in through an MLB web page to verify that the download in question was being viewed on the appropriate, licensed computer. MLB has now removed this page, making those downloads unviewable. Apparently MLB does not know when the problem will be fixed. This means that those who purchased the downloads have been denied the benefits of their bargain.

This illustrates one of the most significant problems with DRM. Consumers who can’t view their downloads have no effective self-help. Circumventing DRM controlling access to a copyrighted work is generally illegal. Even if there were some legal basis for circumvention, consumers can’t accomplish it easily because it’s also illegal to sell technology that makes circumvention possible.
For the rest of his piece, click here.


It sounds like this is a tech problem on MLB's part, not some deliberate scheme to deprive the fans of their rights to watch the downloads.

Anonymous Peter -- 11/09/2007 9:46 PM  

I have to agree with Peter. Prof. Yen also made this comment on his post: "If MLB sold these downloads with the promise that purchasers could always view them after complying with the DRM protocol, and then fails to make good on that promise, isn’t this garden variety consumer fraud?" I would say the answer to that is definitely no.

Blogger Rick Karcher -- 11/10/2007 7:19 AM  

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