It’s been just over one year since Tor-Forge Books announced plans to distribute their ebooks without DRM (and 9 months since the DRM was officially removed), and the move has seen a lot of support by both authors and readers.
But the more important news today is that Tor UK is also reporting that they haven’t seen any correlation between DRM and piracy:
As it is, we’ve seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles, despite them being DRM-free for nearly a year.
DRM has long been the bugaboo of this digital reader so I plan to trumpet this from the roof tops.
I have long said that DRM doesn’t stop the determined pirate (thanks to the ready availability of DRM removal tools). All that is accomplished by adding DRM to ebooks is to restrict and punish the legitimate customer. So when Tor UK announced that they hadn’t seen an increase in piracy I was not at all surprised. Pleased, but not surprised.