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Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital-only imprint Momentum will remove DRM from all its titles by August, the company announced today. Last month, Macmillan sci-fi/fantasy imprint Tor/Forge announced it will drop DRM by early July.
“The problem is that DRM restricts users from legitimate copying — such as between different e-reading devices,” said Momentum publisher Joel Naoum in a statement. “We feel strongly that Momentum’s goal is to make books as accessible as possible. Dropping these restrictions is in line with that goal.”
Announcements from Momentum and Tor/Forge do not mean that Macmillan plans to drop DRM across the company worldwide. “Momentum is not so much ‘inside’ Pan as it is exiled to a small wood shed somewhere down the very bottom of the backyard,” writes Momentum author John Birmingham in an op-ed in the Brisbane Times. But he notes his titles — like other Momentum titles — are sold worldwide.