Ban DRM, Says Norwegian Group

Norway's liberal party, Venstre, approved a resolution seeking to limit technologies, such as DRM, that limit how consumers can use and distribute legally purchased digital music or software. Venstre demands changes to current copyright legislation in Norway to prevent consumers of digital products in the country from becoming "criminals," said party spokesman Jonas Stein Eilersten. "We see from many of the commercial sites today that consumers are willing to pay for content they download from the Internet. It's wrong for a company to be able to control the way you play a downloaded song. This is a way of using the market in a way that is against free-market principles."

To compensate artists or software companies for use of their digital products, Venstre proposes that consumers pay a special fee for broadband usage or hardware storage. "Users could pay, for instance, one euro for 100 gigabytes of storage," Eilersten said. The money would go into a fund to pay artists or software companies according to how many times their music or software applications have been downloaded. File-sharing sites could also use advertising as a means to generate revenue for reimbursing copyright holders, he added.

News source: PC World

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