What's the latest way to access expression in the film world? EZ-D, a DVD "purchase" with a timeclock that allows you to watch the movie as many times as you want for 48 hours, then poof! -- the work disappears.
Question is, how happy are we about moving to a model where we buy things for two days at a time? Should we let the line between ownership and not be so E-Zly blurred? Are imploding expressive goods a good idea?
Before EZ-D was a gleam in anyone's eye, UC-Berkeley brilliants Deirdre Mulligan, John Han, and Aaron Burstein suggested that such digital rights management deployments may seriously damage consumer expectations for private use and fair use. You might start out thinking of EZ-D as a rental you don't have to return and end up teaching your kids that inquiry, exploration, and artistic experience happen on some corporation's clock. Not to mention that metal discs make good landfill.
In more ways than one, that return trip to the rental place is good exercise.Posted by Elizabeth Miles at May 10, 2004 10:16 PM | TrackBack