Interesting. So will this affect B&N devices? The article states that Google & Kobo are safe... though I wonder how. Obviously, Amazon is in the clear. Might this be the final brick on the road to Amazon's complete domination of the ebook market? Adobe seems to be insisting that ebook publishers "protect" themselves into oblivion.
The "impossible scenario" of a 3rd party deciding those books you paid for the privilege to stick on your NOOK aren't really yours anymore may be upon us after all. I hope everybody's kept up with how to deal with DRM on your own terms.
According to Datalogics, whose announcement triggered the current uproar, Adobe has backed off a bit on the transition to the new DRM.
As I understand it (which may or may not be correct), what Adobe is now saying is that although the new ACS5 will be used for downloading e-books, Adobe Digital Editions will be able to load those e-books onto older e-readers unless/until a flag is set in the e-book that says not to. Well, at least onto ones running RMSDK 9, which presumably all of the NOOK series does because of the need to handle the B&N DRM scheme.
FYI for anyone using Bluefire Reader for Android or iOS, it was updated to RMSDK 10 today.
Edit: To be clear, although it is capable of serving the new DRM, it's unknown as to when/if that might happen. No panic necessary. Not yet, anyway.