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"Darknet" by J.D. Lasica.
A recent (2005) study of DRM from a primarily social perspective. Lasica's endless examples of creative re-purposing of Hollywood content by everyone from priests to DJs - and how the evil people from Hollywood are out to get them - gets tiresome at times. Personally, I know lots of people who steal music or video and practically nobody who ceatively re-purposes it. But Lasica does make some good points, and the book is worth reading for the personal face he puts on on many of the key people and events in this evolving domain.
"The Future of Music" by Kusek & Leonhard
An examination of the state of the music industry and how it will get out of the digital mess it's in (according to the authors), through the use of compulsory licensing- the no-DRM solution. While this is a debatable proposition, the authors give the deepest analysis yet of how this might actually work.
"Digital Rights Management: Business and Technology" by Rosenblatt et al.
The only book about DRM which covers all the bases and is a reasonably easy read. It has some shortcomings - the authors are obviously expert on book publishing but not on security technology, for example. And a lot has changes since 2001. But it's still worth the read for anyone serious about DRM.
"Digital Rights Management Technological, Economic, Legal, and Political Aspects" edited by Becker et al.
This 2003 book is the most recent comprehensive book on the subject. Serious students of DRM should have it; however, it's expensive and, because it is a collection of papers by various (and often academic) authors, it's not an easy end-to-end read.
"Superdistribution: Objects as Property on the Electronic Frontier" by Brad Cox
This book described a world of metered content and applications back in 1996, long before mass-market DRM was on most people's radar. The vision presented is excellent. It is weaker when he strays into implementation - although in fairness, years later there's still lots of room for improvement in that part.
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