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Intel threatens lawsuits against HDCP jailbreakers

Intel threatens lawsuits against HDCP jailbreakers

Last week, the master key for the HDCP DRM scheme -- which prevents people from connecting unapproved monitors, recorders and switches to high-def players, computers and consoles -- leaked. Using this key, it is now possible to make more flexible and cheaper high-def equipment (for example, high-def recorders that save unrestricted [...]

HDCP master-key leaks, possible to make unrestricted Blu-ray recorders

HDCP master-key leaks, possible to make unrestricted Blu-ray recorders

Engadget reports that the master key that controls HDCP, the anti-copying system used to restrict the outputs of Blu-Ray boxes, set-top boxes, and many game systems, have been compromised and published. With these keys, knowledgeable users can make their own "source" and "sink" keys for devices that permit copying at full resolution -- which [...]

Federal judge says you can break DRM if you’re not doing so to infringe copyright

Federal judge says you can break DRM if you’re not doing so to infringe copyright

Here's some remarkable news: a judge in a New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Appeals Court has ruled that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ban on breaking DRM only applies if you break DRM in order to violate copyright law. This is a complete reversal of earlier rulings across the country (and completely opposite to the approach that the US [...]

U.S. Lets Hollywood Disable Home TV Outputs to Prevent Piracy

U.S. Lets Hollywood Disable Home TV Outputs to Prevent Piracy

The film industry can block outputs on home television equipment so studios can offer first-run movies while preventing viewers from making illicit copies, U.S. regulators said. Temporarily disabling the outputs will "enable a new business model" that wouldn’t develop in the absence of such anti-piracy protection, the Federal Communications [...]

Paramount Pictures sells DRM-tastic hard drives pre-loaded with movies, crippleware

Paramount Pictures sells DRM-tastic hard drives pre-loaded with movies, crippleware

Paramount Pictures will sell 500-gig Seagate drives loaded with the 2009 movie "Star Trek" (and the option to load 20 other films) for $100. According to reports, that promotional pricing will only be available for a month, then prices jump. Ah, but there's a catch! Windows, and a DRM system that presumably prevents you from doing stuff like [...]

Ubisoft’s DRM authentication servers go down… punishing customers but not pirates

Ubisoft’s DRM authentication servers go down… punishing customers but not pirates

You remember Ubisoft's announcement that they were crippling their new games with a DRM system that would kick players out of their games if they couldn't connect continuously to Ubisoft's DRM servers? Now Ubisoft's servers have started to go down. Of course, pirates who break Ubisoft's DRM can still play. Way to correctly align the incentives, [...]

Ubisoft’s notorious “uncrackable” unfair game DRM falls in less than 24 hours

Ubisoft’s notorious “uncrackable” unfair game DRM falls in less than 24 hours

Games maker Ubisoft drew global ire when it announced that all its new titles, starting with Silent Hunter 5 and Assassin's Creed 2, would henceforth be crippled with a DRM that would kick you off the game and wipe out your play if your Internet connection dropped for even a moment. From soldiers on forward-fire bases to people who just don't want [...]

Audiobook DRM vs. Patrons of the Cleveland Library

Audiobook DRM vs. Patrons of the Cleveland Library

This installment of the Brads webcomic shows the 22 steps a reader has to take in order to borrow a DRM-crippled audiobook from the public library. A compelling argument for libraries to boycott this stuff. (more…)

Netflix Is Losing New Release Rentals

Netflix Is Losing New Release Rentals

Bad news, Netflix customers: Warner Bros. and Netflix have just made an agreement to delay all new release rentals by 28 days so people will keep buying DVDs. Or, as is more likely, turn to piracy. The upside of the deal is that Warner is offering up more movies for streaming on Netflix to make up for the lack of new releases. But don't expect [...]

Dane who ripped his DVDs demands to be arrested under DRM law

Dane who ripped his DVDs demands to be arrested under DRM law

In Denmark, it's legal to make copies of commercial videos for backup or other private purposes. It's also illegal to break the DRM that restricts copying of DVDs. Deciding to find out which law mattered, Henrik Anderson reported himself for 100 violations of the DRM-breaking law (he ripped his DVD collection to his computer) and demanded that the [...]

Heavy illegal downloaders buy more music

Heavy illegal downloaders buy more music

A new British independent poll conducted by Ipsos Mori concluded that the people who do the most illegal downloading also buy the most music. This is in line with many other studies elsewhere and is easy to understand: people who are music superfans do more of everything to do with music: they see more live shows, listen to more radio, buy more [...]

High school student suing Amazon over book deletions which rendered his notes useless

High school student suing Amazon over book deletions which rendered his notes useless

High school student Justin Gawronski is suing Amazon for deleting his Kindle copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four, because in so doing, they messed the annotations he'd created to the text for class (the annotations say things like "remember this paragraph for class" but the paragraph in question has been deleted)... The case is intended to become [...]

Why 2024 Will Be Like Nineteen Eighty-Four

Why 2024 Will Be Like Nineteen Eighty-Four

Let's give Amazon the benefit of the doubt—its explanation for why it deleted some books from customers' Kindles actually sounds halfway defensible. Last week a few Kindle owners awoke to discover that the company had reached into their devices and remotely removed copies of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. Amazon explained [...]

Cambridge study: DRM turns users into pirates

Cambridge study: DRM turns users into pirates

A long and deep study of user behaviour in the UK by a Cambridge prof confirms that when an honest person tries to do something legal that is blocked by Digital Rights Management technology, it encourages the person to start downloading infringing copies for free from the net, since these copies are all DRM-free. Akester's new paper, [...]

Congress proposes anti-DRM law for cars

Congress proposes anti-DRM law for cars

An unlikely pair of politicians... Bob Barr (Libertarian Party) and Ralph Nader (Green Party)... are jointly supporting Right-To-Repair Act of 2009 (H.R. 2057), a law that would make it legal to break the DRM on automotive systems so that independent garages can repair cars even if the manufacturers try to lock them out and then charge high rents [...]

Electronic Arts releases DRM-removal tool

Electronic Arts releases DRM-removal tool

Electronic Arts has released a de-activation tool for removing the SecuRom digital rights management that the company earlier deployed on several of its games. SecuROM is known as the most Draconian DRM tool for games, apt to screw u your computer and harm your ability to play the games you bought. It's also entirely ineffective against piracy: [...]

DRM should be disclosed on video game boxes

DRM should be disclosed on video game boxes

Ars Technica has a report from the FTC's hearings on DRM, where Hal Halpin from the Entertainment Consumers Association proposed that game manufacturers should be required to disclose what kind of DRM they're using prior to purchase ("WARNING: World of Warcraft contains spyware called Warden to stop you from cheating -- it checks files and [...]

Apple’s iTunes to raise price to $1.29 for some songs

Apple’s iTunes to raise price to $1.29 for some songs

Apple's iTunes plans to boost the price of many hit singles and selected classic tracks to $1.29 on April 7, breaking the psychological barrier of 99 cents in what could be the first big test of how much consumers are willing to pay to download individual songs. Although the price-hike date hasn't been publicly announced, Apple has been [...]

Apple: The cell phone “Soup Nazi”

Apple: The cell phone “Soup Nazi”

Maybe I'm a pathetic Seinfeld fanboy, but it occurred to me this week that each smartphone handset maker is exactly like a restaurant in the popular '90s TV series. Research In Motion, or RIM, which makes the BlackBerry line of phones, is like Seinfeld's neighborhood coffee shop. RIM phones simply work. Nothing fancy, but they're very popular, [...]

Music DRM

Music DRM

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