Library Action: Good news on a cold day
Submitted by JoshuaGay on Tue, 2008-02-12 09:28
Libraries: Kick DRM out!
Submitted by JoshuaGay on Tue, 2008-02-05 13:10
Apple says you can't read data on your own computer
Submitted by mattl on Fri, 2008-01-25 08:15
It's yet another example of what we just talked about -- DRM doesn't just restrict copying of music files, it infects your entire system and turns it against you. Apple is explicitly preventing DTrace from examining or recording data for processes which don't "permit" tracing -- processes like, say iTunes.
Apple DRM obstructs legal creativity
Submitted by mattl on Thu, 2008-01-24 16:02
People are seeing Digital Restrictions Management for what it is this week, thanks to Apple's "Fairplay" DRM scheme.
Don't let the EU sanction DRM
Submitted by JoshuaGay on Fri, 2008-01-04 15:12
Action alert: Don't let the EU sanction DRM
Another nasty DRM surprise from Netflix
Submitted by JoshuaGay on Thu, 2008-01-03 14:56
Netflix DRM won't stream to HDD
When you buy into DRM technology, you put control over your computer in someone else's hands. This guarantees that unpredictable and unpleasant things will happen. Those with the DRM keys can decide that you no longer have the right to access the media you bought unless you agree to some new terms or buy some new tech, like Major League Baseball and Google Video have both done recently.
Don't let DRM get between you and a good book
Submitted by JoshuaGay on Thu, 2007-12-20 07:57
Together we are Fighting DRM
Submitted by JoshuaGay on Fri, 2007-12-14 08:36
The Kindle Swindle
Submitted by JoshuaGay on Wed, 2007-12-12 07:36
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com - Photo by O'Reilly at Flickr
Taking the battle to the RIAA
Submitted by PeterB on Thu, 2007-11-22 21:43
The Free Software Foundation's DefectiveByDesign campaign has set-up a fund to pay for expert witnesses in key RIAA lawsuits brought against US citizens.
Tell Netflix: No DRM
Submitted by JoshuaGay on Tue, 2007-10-16 08:52
If you subscribe to Netflix, here's an easy way to let them know that you will not be using their DRM download service. All you need to do is...
Warner Waking Up?
Submitted by JohnSullivan on Fri, 2007-09-21 13:28
It's taking a while, but maybe Warner Music is finally starting to get the hint. They didn't get it after Steve Jobs showed initial signs of comprehension, so we decided back in April that someone needed to initiate a
DRM - Trash Vista, Not Your Computer
Submitted by PeterB on Wed, 2007-08-29 07:48
News reports and response from the BBC's Ashley Highfield
Submitted by PeterB on Wed, 2007-08-15 03:40
BBC iPlayer protest report
Submitted by PeterB on Wed, 2007-08-15 01:08
We have had beautiful weather in London since I arrived in the UK on August 4. But today with the protest about to kick off it's tipping down. I'm in my hired car and "luckily" I get a puncture right outside BBC television center on Wood Lane. With no parking in the area, this gives me 90 minutes for the road side rescue to come and change my tire without getting towed. With hazmat suits, large signs and flyers to drop off, this makes life much easier.
Submitted by PeterB on Fri, 2007-07-27 09:33
The harm being caused by DRM, and those with their heads In the sand
Zune DRM Cracked
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-07-18 23:43
Wired and others are carrying the story that Microsoft's ZUNE DRM has been cracked. Proving again, that just about any DRM scheme will be cracked sooner or later.
Awesome Anti-DRM T-shirts
Submitted by JohnSullivan on Fri, 2007-07-13 13:41
TorrentFreak has announced the winners of their anti-DRM t-shirt contest. You can order shirts printed with the designs, or you can download the source files and print your own. The winners are strikingly effective designs and are a great way to get people thinking about DRM—I just ordered #3 for myself. Kudos to all 50 of the entering artists for taking the time to apply their skills to help communicate this important message, and congratulations to the winners!
Behind-The-Scenes Look at How DRM Becomes Law from Cory Doctorow
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-07-11 22:12
This afternoon Information Week published a great article by Cory Doctorow about how big corporations and shadowy associations and working groups collude to develop DRM schemes and the laws that mandate them.
The piece is very long, and very good. Everyone who is interested in this sort of thing should give it a read and then tell your friends and family about it.
Here is a choice excerpt from the beginning:
HMV joining online DRM Free MP3 Sellers
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-07-03 12:48
HMV seems like the latest big name to join the DRM Free MP3 sales market. Looks like they plan to undercut iTMS in an attempt to increase sales.
HMV and other bricks and mortar music stores haven't been doing so well of late as sales of physical CDs have been dropping.
Apple iPhone and DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-06-29 07:59
The iPhone hype hides a basic problem with the product – Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) inside the iPhone means that it wont be under your control. Apple has built this “smart” phone to dumb you down. They also want you to switch your cell phone service to AT&T – who collaborated with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive, illegal program to wiretap and data mine Americans' communications.
FSF Releases GPLv3, Strikes Blow Against Tivoization (like the iPhone)
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-06-29 07:50
As the GPLv3 press release states:
“Tivoization” is a term coined by the FSF to describe devices that are built with free software, but that use technical measures to prevent the user from making modifications to the software—a fundamental freedom for free software users—and an attack on free software that the GPLv3 will put a stop to.
Early Results Are In: DRM Free Music Sells!
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-06-20 20:45
ArsTechnica reports thatEMI's DRM Free tracks on iTMS Plus are selling VERY well with double and triple digit percentage increases. As ArsTechnica points out, some of the increase could be a result of users looking to upgrade already purchased tracks, but that still means that users are willing to pay the extra 30 cents to loose the DRM.
EMI execs are expressing confidence that the trend will continue, and other labels are considering joining them, probably when more data has come in.
The most popular free software license - the GNU GPL - will combat DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-06-11 08:57
On this date many thousands of free software projects will start to switch to this license. And GPLv3 is squarely aimed at defeating DRM.
Many corporations use GPL covered works to build their products. The successful adoption of GPLv3 will help limit DRM to those products built with proprietary software. Those products will be less attractive to consumers, more expensive, and less useful.
Free The BBC Site launched
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Sat, 2007-06-09 17:08
Binary Freedom just launched FreeTheBBC.info with an open letter to the BBC regarding their decision to use proprietary formats and DRM despite overwhelming public comment early this year in support of open formats and content free of DRM.
AnywhereCD and Warner Settle
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-06-08 07:24
A few months back, AnywhereCD launched offering a new service, buy a physicals cd AND get the digital download immediately. Anywhere made deals with numerous record companies, including Warner. Shortly after launch, Warner cried foul. The lawsuits started flying.
Jeremy Allison on DRM not ever working
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-06-07 13:56
Just read a good piece by Jeremy Allison over on ZDNET. Why DRM won't ever work is a good explanation of the fundamental flaws with the concept and implementation of DRM. It is a great piece to share with folks who don't understand DRM.
DRM Free Clasical Music Downloads
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-06-07 13:44
The Christian Science Monitor has a good article about classical music without DRM.
The article makes the point that digital sales of classical music are pretty high and that classical music fans are willing to spend money on digital music sales for larger files.
Industry figures are hopeful that dropping copy protection – thus allowing for big, clear-sounding and noncompressed audio files – will generate even stronger interest in classical downloads.
TIME on DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-05-29 10:52
Time Magazine ran an article last week about DRM. It gets alot right, and speaks in non geek terms:
Off the record, most executives--on the technology side at least--will tell you that DRM is a dinosaur that's waiting for the asteroid to hit. It's just a matter of when the music industry will stop assuming its customers are all criminals.