DRM may harm open-source innovation


Scott also believes the DRM provisions of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement will stop OSIA members interoperating with data vital to their ability to compete on a level playing field.

"We feel the [Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee's] recommendations are the minimum necessary to have a workable DRM system which does not restrict innovation and competition," he said. "There is every reason to believe that DRM is primarily used for market segmentation - in essence for discriminating against Australian buyers - rather than promoting content creation. The OSIA would prefer the government to actively support content creation and distribution, rather than DRM models which are aimed at stopping it."