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...and you thought IEEE was bad

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by JeffM, Mar 21, 2007.

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  1. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    The Society of Automotive Engineers'
    web-based database of technical papers
    can only be accessed using an Adobe DRM plugin
    (which limits use and does not run on Linux or Unix).
    Because of the DRM issue, MIT has dropped its subscription.

    SAE doesn't even allow its papers to be indexed
    on any site but their own
    --odd because they get their content for free
    from the researchers who actually do the work.
  2. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    You can run windows in a VM in Linux, and likely get it to run.

    Still... pretty lame.
  3. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Guest

    When they make it sufficiently inconvenient to legally use the content that
    the user has paid for, that's when they really create an incentive for
    otherwise law-abiding but highly competent people to de-DRM it for their
    own use. The unencumbered version is then found to be so much more useful
    that it finds it's way around the internet in the way that useful things
    tend to do. For some reason these companies are still under the delusion
    that bypassing the DRM isn't possible and more convenient to do than
    changing your OS.

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