Anyone who bought ebooks through the Microsoft Store is in for a rude shock in the coming days… All of your books are going to be deleted this month.Microsoft announced in April that it would stop selling ebooks and that any books the company already sold would stop working in early July because the DRM servers were being shut off. Yes, you read that correctly. Those books that you “bought” are going to disappear…
…This entire debacle shows just how ridiculous our current media landscape can be when we’re all purchasing movies, games, and books through companies using DRM. Few people expect the Apple Store to go away anytime soon, but what happens 10 or 20 years from now when a competitor comes along and Apple decides that it’s too expensive to maintain its own servers?
Another instance of the primary issue, “Who owns the data?
When you “purchase” a high tech device you never actually own the software you merely have a license to use it. What happens if you do not maintain the license? What happens if the vendor goes out of business?
You could end up not having access to all your patient and financial data stored on the cloud based system. Would it be OK if the software developer refunded a portion of your fee yet did not allow you access to the data?
You could end up having a useless $100,000 CAD CAM system.
The wonders of the digital age are manifest. However we do not yet have adequate legal and ethical standards to guide us.