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Windows 7 DRM begins to surface

Windows 7 DRM begins to surface

Windows 7 allows application developers to write DRM that bypasses your firewall, refuses to let you modify or disable DLLs, and to block you from mixing your audio inputs (to prevent you from recapturing DRM'ed music, presumably). That Photoshop stopped functioning after we messed with one of its nag DLLs was not so much a surprise, but what was [...]

Apple says jailbreaking iPhones is illegal and should be banned

Apple says jailbreaking iPhones is illegal and should be banned

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fred von Lohmann's been reading all the submissions to the Copyright Office on exemptions to the DMCA, and he's found this beauty: Apple is trying to ban jailbreaking iPhones: Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, says Apple in comments filed with the Copyright Office [...]

Microsoft misses memo, launches DRM-laden mobile music store

Microsoft misses memo, launches DRM-laden mobile music store

Microsoft's new tagline: "THIS time it plays for sure! Honest!" Retailers from Amazon to Real have launched their own DRM-free MP3 music stores in recent years. Faced with the competition, Apple finally put the last nail in the coffin of á la carte music DRM earlier this month with the iTunes Store, but don't tell Microsoft. The world's [...]

DRM-Free iTunes Now Puts Your E-Mail Address In Every File

DRM-Free iTunes Now Puts Your E-Mail Address In Every File

Apple's iTunes Store is almost completely DRM-free, and will be entirely DRM-free from spring. This means files downloaded from iTunes work on heaps of devices that aren't from Apple. What better way to celebrate the final bullet to the living corpse of copy protection than by reading everything you need to know about iTunes Plus? There isn't one. [...]

iTunes: All songs DRM-free (but keeping DRM for audiobooks & video)

iTunes: All songs DRM-free (but keeping DRM for audiobooks & video)

Looks like Apple's going to drop the DRM on the music in the iTunes store -- but there's no indication that the DRM that's too "evil" to be borne for music will be likewise dropped from audiobooks and video. Right now, Apple will only sell audiobooks from Audible -- and Audible will only sell audiobooks with DRM (even if the author and publisher [...]

Who feels bad for being a pirate now?

Who feels bad for being a pirate now?

I agree, we should reward companies that refuse DRM. Good for them.

MiniNova Introduces Embedded Ads for Authorized Content

MiniNova Introduces Embedded Ads for Authorized Content

There are a lot of good things to be said about TV and movie studios opening up to the idea of streaming content. Almost any popular TV show is freely available for streaming, without any fear of copyright enforcement. Legal sites such as Hulu.com also provide a great avenue for streaming video entertainment as well. Could embedded advertising [...]

Browse iTunes for music then buy from Amazon

Browse iTunes for music then buy from Amazon

Advantageous is a script that lets you search the iTunes store and then buy the MP3s on Amazon. Browse through the iTunes Store, just as usual. Or use iTunes Genius feature to find new music.When you find something you want, click on Get MP3 from Amazon in the iTunes Script Menu. Advantageous mp3 takes you to the artist's or album's Amazon MP3 [...]

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Wal-Mart shutting down DRM server, nuking your music collection

Wal-Mart shutting down DRM server, nuking your music collection

...it seems only people who pay for music risk losing it to DRM shenanigans. Ugh. Hey suckers! Did you buy DRM music from Wal*Mart instead of downloading MP3s for free from the P2P networks? Well, they're repaying your honesty by taking away your music. Unless you go through a bunch of hoops (that you may never find out about, if you've changed [...]

Evolution of DRM: streaming services use unencrypted MP3s

Evolution of DRM: streaming services use unencrypted MP3s

For the music industry, DRM might have started out being an antipiracy measure, but these days, it's becoming increasingly clear that it's used by the labels as a way of manipulating the market. The labels have largely prevented Apple from offering DRM-free music via iTunes, apparently because they are concerned with Cupertino's dominance of the [...]

MPAA wants to randomly break your home theater depending on which channel you’re watching

MPAA wants to randomly break your home theater depending on which channel you’re watching

The MPAA is petitioning the FCC to lard cable television with "selectable output control," a DRM system that allows broadcasters to specify which of your TV devices can decode which shows. With selectable output control, parts of your home theater would go dark as you flipped up and down the dial: this show won't play through your Dolby, that one [...]

Society of Automotive Engineers kills DRM on its journal following MIT boycott

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 [...]

BBC drops DRM from iPlayer video on demand service

BBC drops DRM from iPlayer video on demand service

The BBC appears to have inadvertently removed the controversial DRM from its iPlayer video-on-demand service. Now, all BBC programs are broadcast across the country in digital form without DRM, literally diffused at the speed of light in all directions without any restrictions, but the Beeb somehow believes that there's a new risk of piracy [...]

HOWTO: Defeat Sealed PDFs, A DRM Nightmare

HOWTO: Defeat Sealed PDFs, A DRM Nightmare

Have you ever heard of a "sealed" PDF? I don't mean password-protected or branded with your name (as some eBook sellers do). This is a different beast. Let me introduce a company called SealedMedia. Their business is protecting electronic documents (PDFs), a form of Digital Rights Management (DRM) which has always been a topic of ongoing debate. [...]

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