Digg Users Revolt Over DRM Encryption Key
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-05-01 23:49
Congratulations to the Digg users who revolted against the censorship of a number today. Digg took down stories that featured the DRM encryption key for HD DVD encryption. Digg users then started reposting it until the entire front page of Digg was covered with the story and each one had thousands of Diggs.
After tens of thousands of diggs on multiple stories, Digg has decided to stop fighting it.
Wired on EBooks
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-04-27 09:50
Wired has a good blog post up about ebooks and how DRM has stymied adoption, "The why of that has many faces, but DRM plays its part. Taking a historically commonplace form of expression, freely portable in its traditional format, and turning it into an ephemeral, hardware-specific, proprietary service?"
Jobs: Apple Customers Don't Want to Rent Music
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-04-27 08:52
There has been some recent chatter on the internet about the possibility of Apple introducing a subscription based service. Steve Jobs may have just put that speculation to rest:
"Never say never, but customers don't seem to be interested in it," Jobs told Reuters in an interview after Apple reported blow-out quarterly results. "The subscription model has failed so far."
This was reported on CNN.
MPAA Softens Stance on DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-04-25 10:10
"MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman told an industry gathering that the industry "wholeheartedly supports legitimate copying." (since when? Ed) So reports StreamingMedia today in a nice wrap up of recent DRM related news.
Glickman was addressing a conference on the topic of DRM. He does support DRM, of course, but would really like the ever elusive interoperable type - the type that would allow user's right to copy content they have legally acquired but somehow prevent sharing.
Warner Music and AnyWhereCD.com Trade Law Suits
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-04-25 09:59
The last two weeks have been a rough road in the news for AnywhereCD.com, (also being the first 2 weeks of AnywhereCD.com). Well seems like this week brings news that AnywhereCD is suing Warner Music, and Warner is suing AnywhereCD.
P2PNet: Jobs Shifting DRM Blame on Majors
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-04-25 09:51
P2PNet has a story up about Steve Jobs turning the blame for DRM on to the majors (and doing it well). As the story points out, Jobs could still be doing more, like offering independent labels music without DRM. HypeBot makes this case calling on Jobs to open up the DRM-Free playing field.
Amazon to Launch DRM Free Digital Downloads
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-24 20:54
ArsTechnica reports that Amazon is poised to launch a digital download store selling MP3 tracks free of DRM. The Amazon store will feature EMI's catalog and may also offer Universal's classical catalog. The latter offering would be a huge development for DRM free digital downloads.
Other Music Digital Store sans DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-24 20:49
Saw this on Digg earlier this week: Other Music, an eclectic music store in New York City is now offering DRM free digital downloads. I only bring it up because I used to frequent OM for music tickets and rare electronica when I lived near by in the East Village.
All of the tracks here are sold as premium-quality 320kbps DRM-free mp3s. All of our titles are hand-picked.
E-Music Second Largest Online Music Store after iTMS
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-17 22:36
eMusic announced today that with300 thousand users it is the second largest digital music download service on the web. eMusic's success proves that you don't need DRM to do business. Unfortunately, eMusic only offers mp3 files, when they should be offering the unencumbered OGG format instead (check out why).
Record Labels Watermark Promo Tracks with DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-17 22:17
A DBD member recently sent us word that music reviewers are being hampered by DRM watermarks on promo tracks. One label out of Sweden has set up a petition to record companies asking them to stop because, among other reasons:
Help Save Internet Radio
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-17 22:10
Only tangentially related to DRM in that the perpetrator of the crime against the public is the same, internet radio is under attack!
The RIAA and record companies have been pushing for an increase in royalties for internet radio play. The increase is absurdly high compared to the royalties other formats (terrestrial and satellite) pay.
The Copyright Royalty Board rejected a request for appeal filed by NPR and other webcasters.
Vista Badge Means DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-04-16 11:06
The Inquirer has an article up about Vista and DRM. The piece drives pretty hard on this single point : Vista is all about DRM and DRM is bad for the user.
As we have been saying for years now, DRM infections have no positives for the user, there is literally no good that you get from them. Everything they do is negative under each and every scenario. While the content mafiaa gets positively orgasmic over the money they will rake in while you twist, the whole industry tanks.
The Music Industry is in Trouble and DRM Can't Save It
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-04-12 14:39
"Unfortunately for the record labels, it looks like the glory days of the mid-90s have vanished forever, and no amount of lawsuits, DRM, or licensing deals will be able to turn back the clock."
RIAA Calls Steve Jobs "Hypocrite"
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-04-12 13:58
The Inquirer is running a stroy on a presentation made by David Hughes of the RIAA at Arizona State University:
DAVID HUGHES, senior vice president of technology for the RIAA, dubbed the spiritual leader of Apple Steve Jobs as a "hypocrite" over his attitude to DRM on iTunes.
While Steve has been banging on about the music companies dropping DRM he has been unwilling to sell his Pixar movies through iTunes without DRM and DVDs without CSS encryption.
Mark Shuttleworth on the Futility of DRM (in video)
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-10 13:53
"There are some ideas that are broken, but attractive enough to some people that they are doomed to be tried again and again. DRM is one of them."
Mark Shuttleworth (of Ubuntu Fame) writes on his personal blog recently about the futility of DRM specifically focusing on video. It is a well written piece that should be mandatory for anyone working in the content industry.
Job Opening at the FSF Running Activist Campaigns
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-04-09 16:10
Over the last year the Free Software Foundation, through the DefectiveByDesign campaign and the BadVista.org campaign, has taken actions around the country (and the world) in defense of computer users' freedoms. In that time we have gotten major press, brought people together for real world actions, educated computer users and music lovers about the dangers of DRM and the problems with Microsoft Vista, and we are making gains in the securing greater freedoms for users.
WSJ on the Apple/EMI Announcement
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-04-09 08:53
The WSJ's "Real Time" column this week is about last week's Apple/EMI announcement (you know, the one about dropping DRM).
Jason Fry observes, "First and most obviously, a major label is finally treating its customers like customers, instead of regarding them as likely shoplifters who should be given as few rights as possible."
Microsoft to Drop DRM From Some Songs in Zune Marketplace
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Sun, 2007-04-08 17:20
Boing Boing reports that Microsoft is talking about dropping DRM from some songs sold in the Zune Market Place. The interesting part of the story (we all new MS would follow the leader WRT EMI tracks) is that a Zune spokesperson seems to suggest that MS might drop DRM from more than just the EMI catalog. We'll wait and see what happens.
DRM in Other Media and What Jobs Has to Say About It
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-04-04 20:55
Buried in the press coverage from Monday's announcement about EMI and Apple dropping DRM from EMI tracks in the iTMS was this quote from Steve Jobs:
"Video is pretty different from music right now because the video industry does not distribute 90 percent of their content DRM free. Never has. So I think they are in a pretty different situation and I wouldn't hold it to a parallel at all."
EMI Drops DRM, iTMS to sell Unencumbered Digital Tracks
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-04-02 06:24
I woke this morning the glorious news that EMI is dropping DRM from its entire digital music catalog and will start offering songs and albums for download in unencumbered high bit rate
MP3 AAC formats! But wait, April Fools Day was yesterday! This is for real!
Record Labels Abandoning RIAA for new Group
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Sun, 2007-04-01 10:07
A DBD member in Seattle sent me story about record labels abandoning the RIAA from her blog earlier this morning.
Looks Like Jobs is a Jester
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-03-30 08:45
About 3 weeks ago, we launched the Open Letter to Steve Jobs. Since then over six thousand people have signed on. Steve Jobs hasn't taken any action since his February 7 rant on DRM. As promised, we'll be sending him the open letter with our signatures and jesters hat on Monday.
Hold that hat....
DRM confuses customers and leads to more support calls
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-03-19 20:07
BoingBoing and others covered a recent story out of Europe: Deutsche Telekom's Musicload service (one of the largest digital music stores in Europe) says 75% of customer service calls were about DRM problems. Musicload has come out strongly against DRM:
$1 Billion expected to be spent on DRM this year
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-03-19 20:00
EMarketer.com has a post that says Insight Research expects spending on DRM this year to be $1 Billion and increase to $9 Billion in 2012.
From the Insight Research report:
"DRM evolved to serve corporations to deal with information piracy, peer-to-peer file sharing, and various regulatory requirements," noted Robert Rosenberg of Insight. "DRM did not arise to meet the needs of end users, and in fact, it may be said to have evolved to spite the end user.
New Online Music Store with No DRM: Amie Street
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-03-19 19:54
I just read about this new independent online music store, AmieStreet.com. Other than the fact that it is DRM free, the reason it is noteworthy is because Amie Street exhibits just the kind of innovation that will explode in a world without DRM. At Amie Street, songs change price (from free to 98 cents) based on how many times they have been downloaded. Artists get 70% of the revenues from their work after a flat fee for hosting and bandwidth.
BadVista Shirts Available
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Sat, 2007-03-17 17:04
We just added two new Tee-Shirt designs based on graphics from the BadVista.org campaign.
5000 Signers in one week!
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-03-15 16:26
Today marks a week since we released the open letter to Steve Jobs and in that time over five thousand people have signed! We've also had many great comments like this one from Zane R.:
EU Comissioner Slams Apple's DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-03-12 14:06
This from Gizmo Cafe: An EU Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Meglena Kuneva, slammed Apple for it's DRM. She said, "Do you find it reasonable that a CD will play in all players, but an iTunes song will only plan on an iPod? It doesn’t to me. Something must change.".
Universal to test DRM Free Sales
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-03-12 10:51
Universal France is testing DRM free music sales: Universal has begun testing the viability of DRM-free downloads, albeit in a very limited release of an album by French singer-songwriter Emilie Simon.
While the test is limited, it is hopeful to see another of the big for looking at DRM free digital downloads.
iRony event video
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-03-09 16:31
As part of last October's Day Against DRM, folks from FreeCulture Harvard, Free Culture Boston and the MIT Media Lab, held an event they dubbed iRony to help people install RockBox on iPods. This short video explains the problems with DRM and iPods, the benefits of RockBox, and talks a bit about the event.