Free Culture

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| Under contemporary copyright laws, one can not legally copy an article for a
| friend, create a mash-up of a video, or sing Happy Birthday at a restaurant
| with asking for permission and, in most cases, paying for a license.
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http://whygive.wikimedia.org/2007/12/11/16/

Western Digital's 'crippleware': Some lessons from history

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| We published shortly before Christmas 2000, and a fascinating and fairly
| nerve shredding few days followed. There was no anti-DRM lobby at the time:
| no P2P bloggers to hound the manufacturers. But understanding this one
| required learning some obscure technical procedures, and a little about
| standards committee politics.
|
| [...]
|
| This brings us to the second difference from the turn of the decade - and
| it's slightly more positive. Technological restriction mechanisms such as DRM
| are, more often than not, bad for business.
|
| [...]
|
| Yet even if Microsoft implements driver-level support for External Path
| protection (as it has for "Secure Audio Path") - will there be any takers?
|
| I doubt it. DRM is falling away from music as sound recordings owners begin
| to realise they need radically more attractive offerings to compete with the
| unstoppable tide of free music. No technology force majeure will step in to
| save rights holders today.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12...sharing_panic/


Related:

Western Digital DRM'd Hard Drive Won't Let You Share MP3, DivX ... Or Impulse
Tracker

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| The manual's appendix and online support site provide setup instructions for
| SAMBA, allowing access over IP instead of with the DRM-infested and
| poorly-reviewed client app, elsewhere claimed to be "required." *
|
| MOAR! Samba not enough? Gut the firmware and install made-to-measure Linux:
| An entire community of folks is here to help you hack your MyBook:
| mybookworld.wikidot.com. *
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http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/1...n-digital.html


Seagate snubs Linux

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| As our reader points out this is a, "fairly **** idea perfectly
| implemented, " unfortunately while Windows can handle it, Linux and Mac's
| can't cope.
|
| There are a few work-arounds but Seagate Tech Support says they do not know
| what they are. Instead they are telling man plus dog that their latest drives
| do not support Linux.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...te-snubs-linux