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Open-source DRM ready to take on Apple and Microsoft

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| An open-source digital rights management (DRM) scheme says it's ready to
| supplant Apple and Microsoft as the world's leading copy protection solution.
|
| Marlin, which is backed by companies such as Sony and Samsung, has just
| announced a new partner program that aims to drive the DRM system into more
| consumer devices.
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http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/232383/o...microsoft.html


Recent:

25 Arguments for the Elimination of Copy Protection

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| Can I begin with a few disclaimers? I believe that people who create things
| deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. Which means that I think that
| stealing entertainment and software is wrong. Actually, come to think of it,
| if there was a form of copy protection that was never a hassle for paying
| customers but which effectively prevented piracy, I might enthusiastically
| support it. (Go ahead, mock me if you must–I’ll wait.)
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http://technologizer.com/2008/10/13/copy-protection/


No need to burn books you can't read - DRM and public libraries

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| As my correspondent says: "After all that I still couldn't open the document
| (which I've only opened once before) and got this. Now I know I haven't
| opened the document at another computer because this is my only computer with
| a printer - so I didn't open it anywhere else. I am never using this service
| again. The British Library, Microsoft and Adobe can go shove their DRM up
| their document delivery service exit. "
|
| This, let me reiterate, is a public body providing publicly paid-for research
| to a highly-qualified professional engaged in impeccable work for the public
| service.
|
| It is hard to imagine something more expensive, condescending, inaccurate,
| frustrating and enraging – nor something better calculated to restrict
| knowledge and broadcast ignorance.
|
| It's almost as if the parties involved actively want to prevent people
| learning. It certainly feels that way.
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http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,...331777b,00.htm


Wal-Mart Drops DRM Servers, Customers Lose Music

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| To those of you who were loyal early adopters of Wal-Mart's music download
| service, Wal-Mart has a message for you: Say goodbye to your music. Since
| February Wal-Mart has offered only DRM-free songs for download, but before
| that customers of Wal-Mart's service could download songs encoded with DRM.
| BoingBoing picked up an e-mail Wal-Mart sent to its customers saying the DRM
| servers will be shut down on October 9, making it impossible for customers to
| transfer their DRM encoded music to a music device or another PC after that
| date.
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http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/007820.html


Torvalds pleased that DRM music is dying

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| Linus Torvalds, coordinator of the Linux kernel, is pleased that music
| publishers have started selling more DRM-free music -- last year he said the
| technology was a lot of "hot air".
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http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/softwar...0.htm?feed=rss


Adobe, You Piece Of ****!

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| How was I able to read the book with Adobe Digital Reader version 1.0, but
| not with 1.5? I could not "authorize" my computer to read the book I paid
| for, so Adobe simply stole from me!
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http://beranger.org/index.php?page=d...piece-of-****-


Did 'Spore' copy protections backfire on EA?

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| Enraged by what they call "draconian" copyright protections, thousands of
| people flooded Amazon.com to give the game a one-star rating. And now there
| seems to be another movement afoot, one that is far more likely to hit EA
| where it counts.
|
| What's the fuss about? Electronic Arts imposed copyright protections that
| limited the number of times a user can install the game to three. EA has
| likened the system to the limits imposed on songs bought through Apple's
| iTunes store (though in the case of iTunes, users can easily manage their
| libraries by specifying which computers are authorized to play their
| purchased content).
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10...=2547-1_3-0-20


Related:

Vista DRM to slow down high-end graphics? [update 1]

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| We've posted before on how the Vista brand will change the PC gaming
| market. But how will the OS affect the gameplay experience itself?
| An in-depth analysis of the operating system's draconian digital
| rights management features suggests gamers might not be too happy
| with some of the system's unintended performance effects.
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http://www.joystiq.com/2006/12/25/vi...-end-graphics/


A Linux User's Perspective on the ITunes Store (and DRM in General)

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| What if tomorrow you went to Best Buy or Walmart or Sam Goody and purchased a
| CD? What if, before you left the store, the salesman told you that although
| the CD was in all other respects a standard CD, that you could only play it
| if you owned a Pioneer or Sony stereo? Would that make any sense? Would it
| make you a bit hesitant about buying music from that store again?
|
| Well, if you purchase music or videos from the iTunes Store,
|
| [...]
|
| With content from the iTunes Store, however, users may find themselves a bit
| stuck if they ever want to make the switch to a more open computing platform,
| such as Linux. Because none of the DRM-restricted content from the iTunes
| Store will play on Linux. And it's all because that's how Apple wants it, to
| be honest, and not because of any technical limitation.
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http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...he_itunes.html


Apple's latest trick to enforce digital rights

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|
| [...]
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| With this version of iTunes, users were finding that music
| subjected to the old download-burn-rip would no longer
| load onto their iPods.
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http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles.../10131156.html
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