DRM and the BBC iPlayer: an interview with Paul Battley

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| In this post I will interview Paul Battley, the man who wrote the program
| that worked around the DRM loophole at BBC. No GNU/Linux user needs to be
| told what DRM (aka Trusted Computing, aka Palladium) is and why it is a
| thoroughly pernicious and Hydra-headed monster that needs to be slain. I hope
| to make that the subject of a post in the very near future, but in the
| meantime here is a quick thumbnail sketch of what happened with the BBC’s
| iPlayer, to bring you up to speed. The interview with Paul Battley follows.
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http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/...h_paul_battley

The BBC got caught with its pants down when it said that DRM was a must and
later permitted DRM-free streaming, due to pressure. It's all just about
lock-in, renting models and abuse of users.


Recent:

BBC Director General grilled by MPs on iPlayer

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| During the meeting there is discussion of iPlayer’s total cost to the licence
| fee-payer - the BBC representatives are unable to give a figure, but start
| the bidding at £20m, excluding staff costs. Thomson gives incorrect
| information - that Mac and Linux versions of iPlayer have the same
| functionality as Windows versions - and has to change his evidence at the
| end. Perhaps it was this confusion that prompted Dr John Pugh MP to follow up
| the encounter with a letter direct to Mark Thomson today discussing platform
| neutrality in greater detail. A copy of this letter has been passed to the
| Open Rights Group. * * * *
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http://www.openrightsgroup.org/2008/...ps-on-iplayer/


Related:

BBC Corrupted

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| Today the BBC made it official -- they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With
| today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of
| duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution
| of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating
| system to view BBC programming on the web. This is akin to saying you must
| own a Sony TV set to watch BBC TV. And you must accept the Digital *
| Restrictions Management (DRM) that the iPlayer imposes. You simply cannot be
| allowed to be in control of your computer according to the BBC. * * *
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http://defectivebydesign.org/blog/BBCcorrupted


BBC iPlayer Protests

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| Who are the people responsible for creating this mess?
|
| * * * Mark Thompson, BBC director general (DG)
| * * * Erik Huggers, group controller at BBC Future Media & Technology
| * * * Ashley Highfield, director of new media and technology
|
| Right now, there is very considerable concern within the BBC that the actions
| of the Director General and his team are sending the corporation in the wrong
| direction. The BBC has been embroiled in a number of recent controversies,
| all linked back to the DG's leadership. *
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http://www.defectivebydesign.org/iPlayerProtest


Why Linux Users Should Be Furious At BBC

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| Recently the BBC had a bit of a wake up call regarding numbers and how many
| Linux users were really out there. Why does any of this matter? It has to do
| with something the BBC provides called the iPlayer. Seriously, relying on
| ActiveX is so "1990's" that it's painful, and as luck would have it, the
| Linux users who wish to use this BBC player made sure that the BBC knew that
| they were making the sought after content inaccessible to those people using
| Linux. * * *
|
| No iPlayer for Linux Users, But There Will Be An Alternative. Based on what I
| have been able to gather thus far, it looks like we will see an Adobe Flash
| option coming out soon. Then again, who really cares? Seriously, if the BBC
| is this foolish to ignore how much Linux growth is taking place both in the
| UK as well as the surrounding countries, then maybe people ought to be
| looking elsewhere? Is it because this is indeed, the BBC? So there is the
| belief that this is the people's media? Up until now, I enjoyed much of what
| the BBC had to offer, but this entire thing is enough to have pushed me away. * * *
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http://www.osweekly.com/index.php?op...731&Itemid=449


Beeb slammed for 'fawning' to Bill Gates

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| BBC viewers have flooded the corporation with complaints over how it
| covered the launch of Microsoft Vista earlier this week.
|
| In one cringingly servile interview worthy of Uriah Heep, the
| Beeb's news presenter Hugh Edwards even thanked Gates at the
| end of it, presumably in appreciation at being allowed to give
| the Vole vast coverage for free.
|
| In other TV news items presenters excitedly explained how Vistac
| ould be obtained and installed - details courtesy of the BBC's
| website.
|
| But British viewers, currently forced to pay a £131.50 licence
| fee to maintain the BBC's "impartiality", were less than impressed.
|
| Scores got in touch to complain that so much was Auntie up Bill's
| bum that you could barely see her corset.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=37411


BBC may lose chunk of licence fee

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| UK MEDIA regulator, Ofcom, reckons that a share of revenue from the TV
| licence should go to commercial broadcasters rather than just to the BBC.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...nk-licence-fee


BBC: Death by a thousand top-slices

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| So it looks like the end of the unique, state-centric model for funding the
| BBC. An incoming Conservative administration is unlikely to be more
| sympathetic to the BBC, with its stifling bureucracy and monopoly control
| over a compulsory tax. *
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01...c_top_slicing/


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be? *
|
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.
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http://www.news.com/Feeling-the-heat...tag=ne.fd.mnbc


Microsoft's SEC:

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| A prominent example of open source software is the Linux operating system...
| To the extent open source software gains increasing market acceptance, sales
| of our products may decline, we may have to reduce the prices we charge for
| our products, and revenue and operating margins may consequently decline. *
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http://www. microsoft.com/msft/SEC/default.mspx


BBC Says Microsoft, Sony Too Controlling on Streaming Video

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| Though already accessible via the Nintendo Wii, the BBC has said that its
| streaming video service iPlayer is not presently available for the
| PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 because of Sony and Microsoft's tight control over
| their platform's offerings. *
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http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/52161