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New ebook DRM will change the text of a story to prevent piracy

Rikki Robertson-Brown:

What a genius idea! I really do love how things just keep evolving, the constant battle between the copyright laws and pirates.

Originally posted on paidContent:

Well, this is one way to do it: Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute is working on a new ebook DRM dubbed SiDiM that would prevent piracy by changing the actual text of a story, swapping out words to make individualized copies that could be tracked by the original owner of the ebook.

A Fraunhofer infographic showing how SiDiM would turn one book into individual copies.

A Fraunhofer infographic showing how SiDiM would turn one book into individual copies.

Reports about the work first popped up on German blogs this week, with one blogger revealing examples that include changing wordings like “invisible” to “not visible” and “unhealthy” to “not healthy.” Other examples included sentences in which the order of words was changed, or in which hyphens were added to words.

The idea behind SiDiM is similar to the way rights holders have been trying to protect music and video for some time. Instead of trying to lock down copies through technical measures that prevent copying, so-called…

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