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UK Retailers Turn Away From DRM, Embrace New MP3 Logos

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| Seven U.K. online music retailers will use new logos to indicate which of
| their tracks are in the MP3 format and are free from copyright-restriction
| technology that makes it difficult to switch portable music players.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/153345/.html?tk=rss_news


Recent:

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


7digital goes completely DRM free

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| ONLINE MUSIC RETAILER 7digital.com has gone completely DRM free following a
| deal with Sony BMG which allows the sale of its catalogue in blissfully open
| MP3 format.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...completely-drm


Rhapsody Opens Fire Against ITunes With DRM-free MP3s

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| Music will come from most of the major record labels, which have increasingly
| moved to offer tracks without DRM in order to boost the attractiveness of
| buying music online.
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http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...free_mp3s.html
http://tinyurl.com/56r4rn


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-****-


DRM Helps Spore Make History as The Most Pirated Game Ever

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| Spore, a Sim-like game about the evolution of creatures, was recently
| released as one of the most anticipated games of the year. Our initial
| impressions were high with the release of SporeCreator. However, Spore itself
| failed to meet our expectations. In the end, we found the game to be too
| simple for our tastes.
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http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives..._game_ever.php


Rhapsody Opens Fire Against ITunes With DRM-free MP3s

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| Music will come from most of the major record labels, which have increasingly
| moved to offer tracks without DRM in order to boost the attractiveness of
| buying music online.
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http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...free_mp3s.html


EA in Spore DRM climbdown

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| Critics claim DRM limiting those who bought the hotly anticipated sim to only
| three installs amounts to no more than renting the software out, rather than
| selling it. DRM also prevented players from creating more than one user
| account per copy of Spore — even though the game's literature specifically
| states otherwise.
|
| As what is now a matter of routine with modern PC games, pirates managed to
| crack the game's DRM restrictions within a day of the game's release and
| hosted this de-restricted content on certain nefarious file-sharing websites.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09...orcement_bill/


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


DRM Helps Spore Make History as The Most Pirated Game Ever

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| Spore, a Sim-like game about the evolution of creatures, was recently
| released as one of the most anticipated games of the year. Our initial
| impressions were high with the release of SporeCreator. However, Spore itself
| failed to meet our expectations. In the end, we found the game to be too
| simple for our tastes.
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http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives..._game_ever.php


What EA's botched Spore launch could learn from Open Source

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| If there is one thing that open source has taught us it's that there
| are "users" and there are "customers". Odds are that all of your customers
| will be users first, taking your software for a test drive and then deciding
| if they want to pay for it. It's all about getting people to consume your
| software.
|
| The video game industry remains one of the last hold-outs in the war against
| consumption. Instead of encouraging more use, EA royally botched the launch
| of Spore with a seriously misguided DRM choice.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13846_3-10041210-62.html


EA to PC Gamers: “Install 3 times? Buy another copy”

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| This can be triggered via using up your 3 activations and each time you
| change a piece of hardware, reformat your computer or install/upgrade a new
| operating system, it takes up one of the activations.
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http://www.simprograms.com/?p=692


Mass Effect DRM goes too far

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| PC GAMERS WHO have had their fill of online activation headaches with Windows
| will be pretty miffed to hear the latest anti-piracy scheme being dreamed up
| by top games publishers.
|
| In a post on Bioware's forums, producer Derek French has confirmed that two
| of the biggest PC titles of the year - Will Wright's Spore and the Xbox 360
| conversion of Mass Effect - will require ongoing, rolling 10-day activation
| over the internet.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...award-worst-pc


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/
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