Edison-Era DRM

The Record Industry’s Piracy Law, Circa 1900

“This record is sold by the National Phonograph Company, at Orange, N.J. upon the condition that it shall not be sold to any unauthorized dealer or used for duplication, and that it shall not be sold, or offered for sale, by the original, or any subsequent purchaser (except by an authorized jobber to an authorized retail dealer) for less than thirty five (35) cents apiece. Upon any breach of said condition, the license to use and vend this record, implied from such sale, immediately terminates.”

Thomas Edison was apparently not down with the hax0rZ…

Via bb and flickr user nevernameless.

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