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SAE Publications Board Does A 180 Regarding Its Digital Library DRM and Licencing Issues

.: I am happy to report the following news. I was on the phone a few moments ago with a reliable contact here at the University of Alberta, who returned today from attending the SAE Congress in Detroit this week. According to my source (who remains anonymous until the "official" word gets out), the SAE Publications Board heard from many of its academic members regarding the SAE Digital Library (DL). A number of professors read SAE the Riot Act regarding both its airtight DRM restrictions as well as the DL licensing options, which are currently based on the estimated number of downloads per year. Having been made aware of how restrictive these policies are to its members and customers working in educational settings, SAE has apparently recognized the error of its ways.

As a result of the concerns brought forward by some of its membership, the word is that SAE has committed to rescinding its DRM policy, and change its licencing options to allow for an unrestricted number of downloaded papers and standards per educational site. Potentially this could happen within the next few weeks.

That is what I know so far. Stay tuned.


If the above is true, then halle-frickin'-lujah. Some librarians have complained about SAE's publication policies (of which the DRM and download restrictions are but the latest examples) for years with little or nothing to show for that effort. But just let a few _members_ complain at one meeting, and (if what has been reported here actually comes to pass) SAE's publications division rips out their clutch (pun intended) shifting into full reverse. I'm delighted and disgusted all at the same time.

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