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Apple hides account info in DRM-free music, too

Filed under: May 31, 2007

From ars technica:

“…songs sold without DRM still have a user’s full name and account e-mail embedded in them, which means that dropping that new DRM-free song on your favorite P2P network could come back to bite you.”


Read the full article at ars technica


BBC Trustees agree to let BBC infect Britain with DRM

Filed under: May 08, 2007

From Cory Doctorow @ boingboing:

“The Trustees heard that 90 percent of the respondents didn’t want DRM and especially didn’t want Microsoft DRM. But rather than giving the BBC orders to deliver its free-to-air video in free-to-net formats, they gave it permission to sell out the license-fee payers who are required by law to support the BBC.”


Read the full story at boingboing


Steve Jobs’ iTunes dance

Filed under: February 23, 2007

Cory Doctorow has an interesting article on Salon.com with comments about Steve Jobs’ recent open letter on DRM.

If you rip your own CDs and load them onto your iPod, you’ll notice something curious. The iPod is a roach motel: Songs check in, but they don’t check out. Once you put music on your iPod, you can’t get it off again without Apple’s software. No recovering your music collection off your iPod if your hard drive crashes. What’s more, Apple prevents copying indiscriminately. You can’t copy any music off your iPod. Apple even applies the no-copying measure to audio released under a Creative Commons license (for example, my own podcasts), which prohibits adding DRM. The Creative Commons situation is inexcusable; because Creative Commons licenses are machine-readable, iTunes could automatically find the C.C.-licensed works and make them available for copying back to your computer.

Read the full article at Salon.com


Steve Jobs calls for DRM-free music world

Filed under: February 07, 2007

From The Register:

Steve Jobs today called on the music labels to license their music free of Digital Rights Managment (DRM) to Apple and others, to create a “truly interoperable music marketplace”.
In an open letter, the Apple CEO said his company is the wrong target for people who are concerned about DRM. “Perhaps those unhappy with the current situation should redirect their energies towards persuading the music companies to sell their music DRM-free”, he writes.

Read the full article at The Register


DRM, Vista and your rights

Filed under: January 29, 2007

polishlinux.org has an informative article about DRM:

In this article I would like to explain the problem of Digital Rights (or restrictions) Management, especially in the version promoted by Microsoft with the new Windows Vista release.

Read the full article at polishlinux.org


Surprises Inside Microsoft Vista’s EULA

Filed under: November 02, 2006

Scott Granneman at Security Focus wrote an interesting article: Surprises Inside Microsoft Vista’s EULA

“The draconian limitations I’ve discussed could only be enacted by a monopoly unafraid of alienating its users…”


Read the full article at Security Focus


Microsoft Media Player shreds your rights

Filed under: September 22, 2006

From the Inquirer

“THINK DRM WAS bad already? Think I was joking when I said the plan was to start with barely tolerable incursions on your rights, then turn the thumbscrews? Welcome to Windows Media Player 11, and the rights get chipped away a lot more. Get used to the feeling, if you buy DRM infected media, you will only have this happen with increasing rapidity.”

Read the full article at The Inquirer


Quickest Patch Ever

Filed under: September 08, 2006

Bruce Schneier has an excellent article over at Wired News about the way Microsoft rushed to path a hole in it’s software… and it’s not a security hole that the average person would worry about…

“But to Microsoft, this vulnerability is a big deal. It affects the company’s relationship with major record labels. It affects the company’s product offerings. It affects the company’s bottom line. Fixing this “vulnerability” is in the company’s best interest; never mind the customer.”

Read the full article at Wired News


Assessment of Vista Kernel Mode Security

Filed under: August 11, 2006

From Symantec Security Response Weblog:

“The Windows Vista operating system launches one of the most aggressive assaults on kernel mode security threats seen to date…”

“While this is a noble effort, these new security technologies have a serious side effect. This side effect is that nobody, with the exception of Microsoft, can make changes to certain components of the Windows kernel.”

Read the full article at Symantec Security Response Weblog