MIT dropped its subscription to the database of past articles from the Society of Automotive Engineer because SAE had was using anti-copying DRM technology on the papers that made them less useful for scientists and researchers. After a presentation from an MIT professor about the boycott, the SAE publication board eliminated DRM for its papers:
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and SAE fellow Wai Cheng presented MITâ€™s concerns at the SAEâ€™s Publication Board meeting in April 2007, which resulted in an immediate stay of DRM implementation on university campuses, and ultimately (November 2007) in a changed policy: FileOpen would not be required for university access to the SAE Digital Library.While the MIT Libraries have not been able to get all the assurances we would like regarding SAEâ€™s plans for implementing other DRM tools in the future, after consulting with faculty we have decided, as Professor Cheng put it, to â€œwork with SAE in good faith,â€ reentering what we hope will be a productive partnership.
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