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Brown Political Review: DRM: Digital Restrictions, Digital Rights

About a year ago, you could place a pod of ready- to-brew coffee into a Keurig machine, press the ‘go’ button and be sure of a steaming cup in seconds. However, early last summer Keurig employed an anti-counterfeiting system to add Digital Rights Management (DRM) software to their coffee machines. This software scans coffee pods for the proper credentials and refuses to use them if they’re not an official Keurig “K-cup.” DRM is being increasingly used by companies to ensure consumers use their brand. A 1996 law even provides criminal penalties for those who write programs that strip DRM from software. Read more from the Brown Political Review about how people are fighting for digital freedom.

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