Archive for the ‘DRM’ Category

Apple Launching Video Rental Store?

June 11, 2007

“Financial Times is reporting that Apple is in “advanced talks with Hollywood’s largest movie studios” to launch an online video rental service. Flicks will cost $3 to rent for 30 days and can be moved to at least one other device, such as an iPod or iPhone.”


Apple iTunes Music Is DRM Free, But Your iTunes ID Is Embeded In The Music

June 3, 2007

“There’s been scuttlebutt on the Internets over the last few days over the revelation that Apple embeds your iTunes Store ID in the new DRM-free tracks it’s selling. It’s true, the info is right there. (And if you want to see it, there’s a much easier method than the Unix grep command TUAW suggests. Just right click a track and select “Get Info” and there it is.) This is shocking to some. It’s as if Apple and EMI actually want to discourage you from sharing their DRM-free files on peer to peer networks. Say it isn’t so.As Ars Technica reports in a post titled “Apple hides account info in DRM-free music, too”:

But there’s more to the story: Apple embeds your account information in all songs sold on the store, not just DRM-free songs.

ZOMG, RLY?!!!11!!!??For a site that’s been covering Apple for more than a week, this seems an odd revelation, considering the practice is ancient history dating back to the Store’s launch. (And by “hides,” they presumably mean, “leaves in plain view, easily accessible via a single keystroke or a right-click.”)”


50 Politicians Who’ve Gotten Money From The RIAA

May 31, 2007

“You know we hate the RIAA around here, for good reason. While the DRM thing seems to be getting better, we still hate their lawsuits and their shiftless nature. You do realize that their bully tactics are tolerated by the government for a reason, right? Because they give lots of money to politicians.”


DRM Free: Apple Launches iTunes 7.2 and iTunes Plus

May 30, 2007

“Just a quick note for those of you who are looking forward to the EMI DRM-Free iTunes tracks rumored to be launching this week. Apple‘s just updated iTunes to version 7.2, and added iTunes Plus support. iTunes Plus is the new higher quality, DRM-free music store that sells at $1.29 per track we’ve been talking about since April.”


Rumor: EMI’s DRM-Free Tracks Hitting iTunes This Week

May 27, 2007

“Electronista is reporting that “according to French sources familiar with negotiations for multiple online music stores,” Apple is set to drop EMI‘s DRM-free catalog onto iTunes this week. Techs are entering the last stages of encoding and prepping the files to go live.”


Amazon To Sell Unprotected Music

May 16, 2007

Amazon has announced plans to launch a digital music store that will allow customers to download music without any copyright protection. Amazon has licences to sell music from 12,000 record labels, including EMI Group’s digital catalogue.

Millions of songs will be sold without Digital Rights Management (DRM) software, allowing – for example – customers to burn their own CDs freely.

Amazon says it will launch the new store later this year.

“Our MP3-only strategy means all the music that customers buy on Amazon is always DRM-free and plays on any device,” said Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon.”


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Weighs In On The HD-DVD Key Hysteria

May 2, 2007

Originally mentioned here, Digg users went nuts over some stories being deleted and user accounts being banned when a secret key was posted. The EFF has decided to throw in their 2cents.

Who can sue over the posting of the key? The DMCA entitles “anyone injured by a violation” to bring a civil lawsuit seeking damages (including statutory damages ranging between $200 and $2500 for each “offer”). In addition, if a person violates the DMCA “willfully and for purposes of commercial gain,” a federal prosecutor could bring criminal charges (with the famous exception of the Sklyarov case, however, criminal prosecutions have generally been limited to situations where the DMCA violation was also accompanied by evidence of commercial piracy).”

What about just linking to a place where the key is posted? The courts in the DeCSS case wrestled with the proper test to apply when someone links to a location where a circumvention tool can be found. Ultimately, the district court held that an injunction against linking could be issued after a final judgment if a the plaintiff could show, by clear and convincing evidence,

“that those responsible for the link (a) know at the relevant time that the offending material is on the linked-to site, (b) know that it is circumvention technology that may not lawfully be offered, and (c) create or maintain the link for the purpose of disseminating that technology.””

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HD-DVD and Blu-Ray DRM hacked

February 13, 2007

“Making backup copies of movies you purchase on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs may have just gotten a little easier. Just a few months after members at the Doom9 forums uncovered a way to extract individual volume keys that allow you to decrypt the AACS copy protection for individual movies, it looks like they’ve found the holy grail: a processing key used on every disc.”