NFPA is making it easier to use your digital NFPA codes and standards with two major changes.
First, all of our PDF products will no longer be locked with the
FIleOpen Digital Rights management (DRM) utility. This change simplifies access
to code. Many of our customers could not utilize the PDF products on mobile
devices like iPads and Android tablets because of technical
issues. Still more could not use them because of corporate or government security measures. Now you’ll be able to use the code on any PDF-capable device. You’ll have the codes when and where you need them.
The second change is to the watermarking tool. Until today,
watermarks were pre-filled with the customer information on the purchasing
account. Now, customers have two fields that separate
“designated user” from “owner/purchaser.” This will greatly enhance purchasing through purchasing departments or agents. In addition, consultants, trainers and any other code user that buys a copy of the code on behalf of another can easily designate the proper user and owner of that purchase. This change will increase the ability of customers to protect their investment in NFPA products.
We took care to design this new system to be as painless as possible. You won’t need to do a thing to keep using the PDFs you already have. They’ll keep working as they always have been.
But if you need your code on a tablet, buy a new computer or just need a new document, you’ll be able to download it from your profile using the new system. All of your purchases are there waiting for you should you need them.
A changing landscape in publishing – Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Why is NFPA doing this? It lets the customer do their job better. It increases access to life- and property-saving codes and standards. And, as a publisher, it is the right thing to do.
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a hotly debated topic in the publishing world. As a policy, it is meant to address the fundamental disconnect between copyright holders and the easy-to-distribute digital format. Historically, a copyright was much easier to protect. If you wrote a book, copying that material was often not worth the effort, so copyright was sufficient protection. With the introduction of digital formats, the world of copyright completely changed. Digital assets are highly portable and easily copied – and computers are consummate copying devices.
As the technology rose, from photocopiers to audio tapes to CD burners to digital downloads, the publishing industry has been engaged in looking for a technological solution to combat piracy. Led by the music and movie industries, publishers of all kinds have used a wide variety of DRM software (and hardware) solutions to try to protect their intellectual property. The escalation of the DRM arms race – ever more complex locks vying with increasingly sophisticated lock picks – has left the customer as the innocent casualty. The competing philosophies see the customer as either a mad, scurvy pirate or a hapless baby seal. Ultimately, the reality is that we’re all somewhere in between. Recent research shows that most people have used pirated software, though many don’t even know it.
NFPA is making a change away from lock-and-key DRM to social DRM. We have removed the software that locked our digital products because it was making it too difficult for our customers to do their work – and when your work is life and work safety, we can’t afford to slow them down. We are adding a new watermarking system that allows appropriate use of our digital product licenses geared for our customers’ needs.
NFPA isn’t the first publisher to make this change. We are a business that supports other businesses, and we will treat our customers like the professionals they are.As more code users embrace mobile technology, NFPA wants to provide solutions to match your needs. Are you a tablet user? Do you need codes in the field? Let us know what you think.