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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.

Topic:  drm apple iphone

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FSF Releases GPLv3, Strikes Blow Against Tivoization (like the iPhone)

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-06-29 07:50

Today the FSF announces the release of the GPLv3. The announcement coincidentally is on the same day as Apple's much awaited iPhone release.

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.

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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.

Topic:  drm EMI itms plus

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The most popular free software license - the GNU GPL - will combat DRM

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-06-11 08:57

Last week the Free Software Foundation announced that version 3 of the GNU GPL (GPLv3), will be released on June 29th.

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.

Topic:  gpl gnu fsf

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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.

Digg the Story!

Topic:  drm bbc

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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.

This week brings news of a settlement. Under the terms, you can get your warner CDs and MP3 from AnywhereCD until September.

Topic:  mp3 warner

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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.

Topic:  drm

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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.

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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.

Topic:  drm mp3 amazon itms

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DRM Elimination Crew Hits The Streets

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Sun, 2007-05-27 22:41

On Friday, DefectiveByDesign members hit the streets to tell the public about Disney, DRM and the Intellectual Property Protection Act 2007 (IPPA2007).

UPDATE:
In Boston a large group composed of DefectiveByDesign members, and activists from FreeCulture.org and BinaryFreedom.info gathered, at Boston's main cinema on Boston Common.

Topic:  drm disney ippa

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IPPA Disney DRM Fact Sheet

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-05-25 08:01

We created this fact sheet (PDF)for use at May 25th Actions around the world. Download your own copy, print some out and give them to friends.

Topic:  drm video DVD disney ippa

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Amazon to sell music without DRM

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-05-18 13:28

Another nail in the coffin for DRM on digital music downloads. Amazon officially announced this week that it will sell digital music without DRM in the MP3 format (which still is proprietary and covered by software patents).

From the NYT:

Topic:  music mp3 amazon srm

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FSF Launches PlayOgg.org

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-05-17 11:51

Now that the record labels are starting to drop DRM, major retailers like Amazon are announcing their plans to distribute music unencumbered by DRM. This is a huge victory!

Topic:  drm music ogg

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Alberto Gonzales Not Satsified with destroying Department of Justice...

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-05-16 13:11

On Monday the disgraced Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who has done a pretty good job of destroying the reputation of the Justice Department announced that he wants to destroy computer users rights by proposing laws to protect "intellectual property".

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HBO wants us to stop using "DRM"

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-05-11 17:15

But they don't want to drop the restrictions! Earlier this week an HBO Executive, Bob Zitter, caught alot of flack in the blogosphere (and rightly so) for suggesting the only problem with DRM is the name, and that renaming the same restrictions "Digital Consumer Enablement" would solve the problem.

We like to point to a quote from a Disney exec from a ways back "If the consumer even knows there is a DRM we've lost." And by all accounts, they've all lost! Through the work of groups like ours, we have informed users about DRM. And now they don't want it.

Topic:  drm hbo

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ArsTechnica Looks at RIAA and RICO

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-05-11 16:43

In a detailed article, ArsTechnica looks at whether or not the RIAA could be tried under the RICO statutes that have typically been used to prosecute organized crime.

And the conclusion:

Topic:  RIAA

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BBC Chooses DRM

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-05-11 16:37

Earlier this week Boing Boing covered the BBC Trusts poor decision to opt for proprietary formats and DRM in their online offerings. Ars Technica has a good article on the decision. If you are a UK resident, you should continue to make your displeasure with DRM known to BBC.

Topic:  Microsoft drm bbc

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Over 1200 Signers to Bronfman Letter

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-05-03 11:13

In a little over 2 days over 1200 people have signed the open letter to Edgar Bronfman, Jr. of Warner Music.

Spread the word to your friends or sign it today if you have not yet. We'll be sending it out Friday afternoon.

Topic:  drm music warner

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EFF on the Legal Issues Surrounding the AACS Encryption Key

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-05-03 06:16

Dell to Offer Computers without Microsoft OS

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-05-02 12:53

A while back I pointed folks to Dell's IdeaStorm website where they were soliciting feedback from customers about what products they offered. Overwhelmingly people wanted Dell machines with GNU/Linux operating systems.

Dell has announced that they will now offer systems with GNU/Linux operating systems preloaded.

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The Economist Comes Out Against DRM

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-05-02 00:34

Over the weekend, BoingBoing called my attention to The Economist's editorial about DRM.

Here are some highlights:

Most people think it ludicrous that they can’t do the same with the DVDs they own. Now it seems, despite squeals from the movie industry, the law is finally moving in the video fan’s favour.

Topic:  drm

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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.

Topic:  drm digg hddvd

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A Letter to Warner Chairman Edgar Bronfman

Dear Chairman Bronfman,

Recent weeks have brought major changes in the music industry as it relates to online digital music distribution. Apple and EMI have now committed to distributing without Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), and there have been similar announcements from other online music stores and retailers. Last week brought news that Universal Music may be opening up some of their catalog to DRM free sales too.

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Warner Music Wake Up Call

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?"

Topic:  drm ebooks

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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.

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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.

Topic:  drm video movies mpaa

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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.

Topic:  drm legal music mp3 warner

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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.

Topic:  drm apple itunes

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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.

Topic:  music mp3 classical

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