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  • AceDeceiver: First iOS Trojan Exploiting Apple DRM Design Flaws to Infect Any iOS Device

    03/16/2016 6:30:31 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    Palo Alto Networks ^ | March 16, 2016 5:00 AM | Claud Xiao
    We’ve discovered a new family of iOS malware that successfully infected non-jailbroken devices we’ve named “AceDeceiver”. What makes AceDeceiver different from previous iOS malware is that instead of abusing enterprise certificates as some iOS malware has over the past two years, AceDeceiver manages to install itself without any enterprise certificate at all. It does so by exploiting design flaws in Apple’s DRM mechanism, and even as Apple has removed AceDeceiver from App Store, it may still spread thanks to a novel attack vector. AceDeceiver is the first iOS malware we’ve seen that abuses certain design flaws in Apple’s DRM protection...
  • Apple wins DRM patent lawsuit leveled by ContentGuard

    11/21/2015 1:36:19 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | November 20, 2015 | 3:27pm | By Mikey Campbell
    Apple came out unscathed from a legal battle involving digital rights management IP owned by ContentGuard, a subsidiary of non-practicing entity Pendrell Corp. that sued the iPhone maker for infringing on five patents. The jury handed down its decision in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Friday, finding Apple not in infringement of five DRM-related patents owned by ContentGuard, reports Reuters. While not responsible for damages, Apple was not able to prove the patents-in-suit invalid. Apple was accused of illegally applying patented DRM technologies to its digital content distribution services, including music, movies and TV...
  • Mozilla sleeps with the enemy as DRM arrives with Firefox 38

    05/13/2015 5:57:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Wed May 13 2015, 15:25 | By Chris Merriman
    Ssshhh. They don't like it any more than you do MOZILLA has released Firefox 38, bringing the spectre of Digital Rights Management (DRM) to the platform for the first time. The organisation has traditionally shyed away from DRM as it considers the technology something that goes against the openness of the Mozilla platform. However, Mozilla was forced to admit in May 2014 that taking on DRM was essential to avoid losing ground to rivals by not being able to play streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify. Andreas Gal, CTO and vice president of mobile for Mozilla, said in a...
  • Apple trial continues, without a plaintiff for now

    12/08/2014 10:40:29 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | December 8, 2014 Updated 5:31 pm, Monday, | By BRANDON BAILEY
    <p>OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decided Monday that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial since last week.</p>
  • Apple will face $350M trial over iPod DRM

    10/04/2014 10:33:43 AM PDT · by Utilizer
    arstechnica ^ | Oct 3 2014, 12:05pm -0700 | Joe Mullin cannot be linked or excerpted to, but there is a slightly interesting article up about how the battle against DRM seems to be finally heading to court. Ignore the link above, it merely links to the FR index page. Article link is:
  • DRM in Firefox is The End of Our Digital Security

    05/21/2014 8:42:39 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    Linux Federation ^ | 20 May 2014 | Rahul Bali
    Mozilla recently decided to add DRM in Firefox even if Mozilla hates it. Almost all video streaming websites use some kind of DRM and as Microsoft, Apple and Google has already implemented DRM in their browsers, Mozilla thinks not adding the DRM in Firefox would make it useless as a product as the user will have to switch to other browser everytime a user visits a website with DRM.I am not going to either defend Mozilla on the decision of adding DRM in Firefox or write against it, they did what they had to do. In the end its...
  • Why DRM In Cars Is Going To Drive Everyone Mad

    11/14/2013 9:26:49 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 11/15/2013 | PARKER HIGGINS
    Forget extra cup holders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a “feature” that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce that contract with digital rights management (DRM)restrictions that can remotely prevent the battery from charging at all. We’ve long joined makers and tinkerers in warning that, as software becomes a part of more and more everyday devices, DRM and the legal restrictions on circumventing it will create...
  • Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video

    06/13/2013 10:46:56 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies ^ | 6-10-2013 | Sony Step-by-step how to lend games to your friends.
  • AP's Attempt At DRM'ing The News Shuts Down

    05/18/2013 6:07:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 4 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | May 17th 2013 | Mike Masnick
    Plenty of people rightly mocked the news a few years ago that the Associated Press was working on a plan to "DRM the news." The idea was to put some sort of licensing mechanism together to get news aggregators to pay to promote their news. This seemed incredibly dumb for a whole host of reasons. It added no value. Its only purpose was to limit the value for everyone in the system by putting a tollbooth where none needed to exist. When it finally launched last year to great fanfare in the newspaper world, under the name "NewsRight," we pointed...
  • W3C presses ahead with DRM interface in HTML5

    05/13/2013 8:53:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    The H On-line ^ | 11 MaY 2013 | djwm
    On Friday, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the first public draft of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). EME enables content providers to integrate digital rights management (DRM) interfaces into HTML5-based media players. Encrypted Media Extensions is being developed jointly by Google, Microsoft and online streaming-service Netflix. No actual encryption algorithm is part of the draft; that element is designed to be contained in a CDM (Content Decryption Module) that works with EME to decode the content. CDMs may be plugins or built into browsers. The publication of the new draft is a blow for critics of the extensions, led...
  • Who's adding DRM to HTML5? Microsoft, Google and Netflix

    02/23/2012 10:08:28 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | 23 February 2012 | Gavin Clarke
    With tech companies abandoning the proprietary Flash and Silverlight media players for HTML5, it was inevitable somebody would try to inject DRM into the virgin spec. Microsoft, Google and Netflix are that “somebody”, having submitted a proposed modification to HTML5 to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for “encrypted media extensions”. Their proposed addition, detailed here and picked apart here, has drawn a flat rejection from HTML5 editor and Google employee Ian Hickson, who’s called the encrypted media extensions unethical. Hickson wrote in response to Microsoft’s Adrian Bateman who floated the proposal on Monday: “I believe this proposal is unethical...
  • Apple’s iCloud punishes honest iTunes users with DRM (no way! Apple is "perfect"..cough)

    06/09/2011 8:50:59 AM PDT · by max americana · 12 replies
    gigaom ^ | June 8, 2011 | Janko Roettgers
    Apple has rolled out phase one of its cloud music offering this week, allowing iTunes users to download additional copies of past purchases on up to ten devices. However, users that bought their music on iTunes before Apple abandoned DRM some two years ago better get ready for an unexpected surprise: Files originally bought with Apple’s Fairplay copy protection are also once again downloaded with DRM. A number of users complained about this strange behavior on Twitter and on the web, with one stating that this would bring back “bad memories.” We were able to confirm it by re-downloading a...
  • Shouldn't Linux embrace DRM?

    06/01/2011 5:54:22 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 39 replies
    TechRepublic ^ | 31 May 2011 | Jack Wallen
    I want to preface this entry by stating something very important to me and my world. I am a writer. Not just a writer of technical documentation, how-tos, and other sundry articles, but a writer of fiction. I currently have three published books (you can find them in both paperback and ebook format on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) and, I get the argument on both sides of the DRM fence. What’s DRM? Simple. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a term for access control technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders to limit the use of digital content and devices. In other...
  • The “All-Digital Future”: Surrendering our Property Rights

    12/13/2010 2:02:03 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ECN Magazine ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jason Lomberg
    We keep hearing about it—the “all-digital future”: easier, more convenient, no need to drive to the store. Download all the content you want instantly. Thus, iTunes, OnLive, Steam, and various other services were born. But this convenience bears a steep price. In our rush to embrace the all-digital future, we’ve sacrificed fundamental property rights. Time and again, record labels, software developers, and movie studios have expressed their displeasure with physical media. The overhead is too steep. There’s too much piracy. The second-hand market is immoral and equivalent to piracy. Technophiles love to debate the merits of streaming media, but it’s...
  • World Wildlife Fund WWF file format cracked, phones home

    12/11/2010 3:27:38 PM PST · by matt04 · 5 replies
    The WWF and their new "un-printable" file format, .WWF, turns out to be just a PDF generated with Mac OS Xs built in print to PDF feature, with printing disabled (which can be done without the help of the WWF). However, the WWF has hidden a little surprise in the software. It phone home to the WWF, without telling you, to check for updates, or so they claim.
  • New Gov't Rules Allow Unapproved iPhone Apps

    07/27/2010 10:58:07 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 40 replies
    Product Design and Development ^ | July 27, 2010 | Joelle Tessler, AP Tech Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Owners of the iPhone will be able to legally unlock their devices so they can run software applications that haven't been approved by Apple Inc., according to new government rules announced Monday. The decision to allow the practice commonly known as "jailbreaking" is one of a handful of new exemptions from a 1998 federal law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized use of copyright-protected material. For iPhone jailbreakers, the new rules effectively legitimize a practice that has been operating in a legal gray area by exempting it...
  • Microsoft DRM Patent Could Revive Peer-to-Peer Music Nets

    09/23/2009 11:01:58 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies · 732+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | 22 September 2009 | Alexander Wolfe
    Here's an odd twist that might give new life to the dying horse of music digital-right management. Microsoft has just been awarded a U.S. patent for a distributed DRM system -- it works over peer-to-peer networks -- which uses encrypted public and private keys as the licensing mechanism. This is significant because, while centralized music stores like Apple's iTunes have forsaken DRM, the Microsoft patent would enable peer-to-peer networks to reemerge as viable, albeit protected, content sources. The patent, number 7,594,275, is entitled simply, "Digital rights management system." Granted today (Sept. 22), it was filed in October, 2003, which undercuts...
  • The 'Creative' Technology Behind The AP's News Registry

    08/07/2009 9:58:23 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 4 replies · 557+ views
    TechDirt ^ | August 06, 2009 | Blaise Alleyne
    The 'Creative' Technology Behind The AP's News Registry from the magic-beans dept The Associated Press' attempt to DRM the news is a bad idea for a variety of reasons, but its claims for the news registry's capabilities seem pretty misguided, once you examine the technology behind it (the "magic DRM beans"). Ed Felten dug into the details of the registry's microformat, hNews, which the AP announced a few weeks earlier, and here's where it gets really interesting: the hNews rights field is based on the Creative Commons Rights Expression Language (ccREL). If the AP thinks it'll be able to build...
  • Shuffle's new hardware DRM taxes 3rd-party vendors

    03/14/2009 8:58:11 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 24 replies · 1,168+ views
    ipodnncom ^ | 03/14/2009, 8:20pm, EDT
    Shuffle's new hardware DRM taxes 3rd-party vendors Apple's new iPod Shuffle has added a new layer of hardware DRM, possibly preventing third-party companies from reverse-engineering the Shuffle technology in order to build headphones. Electronic Frontier and iLounge have discovered an Apple authentication chip DRM (Digital Right Management) requirement that will mean third-party headphone makers will have to pay fees for the authentication chip and design headphones with the chip included. The authentication chip provides a legal means to prevent headphone makers from reverse-engineering the Shuffle output to create a set of headphones that work with the new iPod. Apple could...
  • The once and future e-book: on reading in the digital age

    02/02/2009 1:00:38 PM PST · by MrEdd · 65 replies · 1,733+ views
    ars technica ^ | February 1, 2009 | John Siracusa
    I was pitched headfirst into the world of e-books in 2002 when I took a job with Palm Digital Media. The company, originally called Peanut Press, was founded in 1998 with a simple plan: publish books in electronic form. As it turns out, that simple plan leads directly into a technological, economic, and political hornet's nest. But thanks to some good initial decisions (more on those later), little Peanut Press did pretty well for itself in those first few years, eventually having a legitimate claim to its self-declared title of "the world's largest e-book store." Unfortunately, despite starting the company...
  • Apple cuts the digital locks off iTunes (DRM is Dead)

    01/06/2009 7:47:51 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 70 replies · 2,576+ views
    Globe and ^ | January 6, 2009 | Matt Hartley
    Apple Inc. is dropping the digital copyright locks from most of the songs it sells through iTunes, a move that could prove to be a death blow for the music industry's attempts to control how consumers buy and listen to music. With the revolutionary iPod and the iTunes music store, Apple rewrote the rulebook for the music industry as labels struggled to adjust to the new digital reality of file-sharing and copyright violations brought about by the Internet. Today, Apple is the largest retailer of music in the U.S. with more than five billion songs sold and many will see...
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM): is it in its death throes?

    05/12/2008 5:44:38 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 5 replies · 133+ views
    Free Software Magazine ^ | 07 May 2008 | # Gary Richmond
    In this opening salvo, I will reprise the technical terms and history of DRM and thereafter I will try to keep you abreast of the issues for computer users in general and free software in particular. Hopefully, I will in fact be chronicling the death throes of DRM. “The Skibbereen Eagle has it’s eye on the Czar”. Thus did a small, obscure Irish newspaper in West Cork in 1857 advise the Czar of all the Russias about his China policy. I like that. I like to think of the Czar, deliberating late into the night on high affairs of state...
  • Microsoft May Build a Copyright Cop Into Every Zune

    05/07/2008 6:57:34 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 85 replies · 169+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | May 7, 2008 | Saul Hansell
    Excerpt - If you like to download the latest episodes of “Heroes” or other NBC shows from BitTorrent, maybe you shouldn’t buy a Microsoft Zune to watch them on. A future update of the software for Microsoft’s portable media player may well include a feature that will block unauthorized copies of copyrighted videos from being played on it. ~ snip ~
  • Microsoft's Final 'Up Yours' To Those Who Bought Into Its DRM Story

    04/24/2008 8:39:11 AM PDT · by steve-b · 21 replies · 258+ views
    TechDirt ^ | 4/23/08
    Remember a few years back when Microsoft launched a new type of DRM under the name "PlaysForSure"? The idea was to create a standard DRM that a bunch of different online music download stores could use, and which makers of digital music devices could build for. Except... like any DRM, it had its problems. And, like any DRM, its real purpose was to take away features, not add them, making all of the content hindered by it less valuable. Yet, because Microsoft was behind it, many people assumed that at least Microsoft would keep supporting it. Well, you've now learned...
  • Hacker breaks link between iTunes and the iPod

    02/20/2008 9:24:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 277+ views
    Times of London ^ | 02/20/08 | Jonathan Richards
    February 20, 2008 Hacker breaks link between iTunes and the iPod Software letting iTunes users copy music and video to mobile phones has been released by the hacker known as DVD Jon Jonathan Richards A notorious Norwegian hacker known as DVD Jon is preparing for another run-in with the music industry after he released software that lets iPod owners copy music and videos bought from iTunes and play it on other devices. The program allows people to drag and drop songs from iTunes into a folder on their desktop, which in turn copies the files to other devices such as...
  • DVD Jon aims to smash digital Tower of Babel

    02/20/2008 9:21:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 125+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 02/19/08 | John Leyden
    DVD Jon aims to smash digital Tower of Babel By John Leyden The Register - Technology News - Tuesday, February 19 01:24 pm doubleTwist, the firm founded by scourge of DRM manufacturers Jon Lech Johansen (AKA DVD Jon) last March, has released software designed to allow users to share digital media files - including copy protected content - across devices. doubleTwist desktop allows users to "share and sync digital media without worrying about codecs and bitrates". The Windows utility will allow users to play a video made on a Nokia smartphone on an iPod or Sony PSP, for example. The...
  • EMI looking to slash funding for RIAA, IFPI

    11/29/2007 6:43:15 AM PST · by steve-b · 12 replies · 327+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 11/28/07 | Eric Bangeman
    One of the Big Four labels is apparently unhappy with its return on investment when it comes to funding industry trade groups such as the IFPI and RIAA. British label EMI, which was recently purchased by a private equity fund, is reportedly considering a significant cut to the amount of money it provides the trade groups on an annual basis. According to figures seen by Reuters, each of the Big Four contributes approximately $132.3 million to fund the operations of the IFPI, RIAA, and other national recording industry trade groups. That money is used in part to fund the industry's...
  • Battle brewing between Pirate Bay, recording industry over IFPI domain coup

    10/19/2007 10:57:17 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 9 replies · 214+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | October 18, 2007 | By Jacqui Cheng |
    The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has taken up a new battle against pirates, but this one is different than previous legal pursuits. The UK-based organization acts as the worldwide arm for the music recording industry, but as widely reported, it apparently forgot to renew its .com top-level domain in time before it got snatched up by one of its top targets, The Pirate Bay. While the IFPI still retains control of, now points to a Pirate Bay page that reads: "International Federation of Pirates Interests." The two sides are now preparing for a fight over the...
  • DRM troubles drive ex-Microsoft employee to Linux

    09/30/2007 6:37:34 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies · 245+ views
    Cnet News ^ | September 26th | Liam Tung
    Jesper Johansson--a former senior program manager for security policy at Microsoft who moved to Amazon in September last year--wrote in his blog on Monday that he may drop Windows Media Center for LinuxMCE, a free open-source add-on to the Kubuntu desktop operating system, because problems caused by Microsoft's digital-rights management (DRM) software have proven so difficult to fix. After Johansson's 5-year-old child complained that cable network Comcast's On Demand video system was not working with Windows Media Center, Johansson wrote, he attempted to resolve the problem. "Upon inspecting the problem I found that the video would turn on, the screen...
  • Hackers Crack Microsoft's Digital Rights Management Technology Again (HaHa..)

    07/17/2007 10:21:23 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 1 replies · 456+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, July 17, 2007
    SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. is once again on the defensive against hackers after the launch of a new program that gives average PC users tools to unlock copy-protected digital music and movies. The latest version of the FairUse4M program, which can crack Microsoft's digital rights management system for Windows Media audio and video files, was published online late Friday. In the past year, Microsoft plugged holes exploited by two earlier versions of the program and filed a federal lawsuit against its anonymous authors. Microsoft dropped the lawsuit after failing to identify them. The third version of FairUse4M has a simple...
  • Copying HD DVD and Blu-ray discs may become legal

    05/24/2007 10:43:42 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 19 replies · 943+ views
    Yahoo! News! ^ | 24 May 2007 | Jeremy Kirk
    San Francisco (IDGNS) - Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they've purchased, a concession by the movie industry that may quell criticism that DRM (digital rights management) technologies are too restrictive. The agreement, if supported by movie studios and film companies, could allow a consumer to make a backup copy in case their original disc is damaged and another copy for their home media server, said Michael Ayers, a representative of an industry group that licenses the AACS (Advanced Access Content System)...
  • Company targets Apple, Microsoft and others for not using enough DRM

    05/11/2007 1:54:26 PM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 8 replies · 592+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | May 11, 2007 | Nate Anderson
    What do Vista, Flash, RealPlayer, and iTunes have in common? According to Media Rights Technologies (MRT), all of them are infringing products under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and MRT has just sent cease-and-desist letters to Microsoft, Adobe, Real, and Apple. "Together these four companies are responsible for 98 percent of the media players in the marketplace; CNN, NPR, Clear Channel, MySpace, Yahoo, and YouTube all use these infringing devices to distribute copyrighted works," said MRT CEO Hank Risan in a statement. "We will hold the responsible parties accountable. The time of suing John Doe is over." Media Rights Technologies...
  • Record shops: Used CDs? Ihre papieren, bitte! [Two states regulate used CD sales]

    05/08/2007 10:48:56 AM PDT · by TChris · 43 replies · 1,656+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 5/7/2007 | Ken Fisher
    There are a few things lawmakers have decided really ought to be handled with the "care and oversight" that only the government can provide: e.g., tax collection, radioactive materials, biohazards, guns, and CDs. CDs? No, I'm not talking about financial Certificates of Deposit, though that might make more sense. I'm talking about Compact Discs. New "pawn shop" laws are springing up across the United States that will make selling your used CDs at the local record shop something akin to getting arrested. No, you won't spend any time in jail, but you'll certainly feel like a criminal once the local...
  • Digg losing control of their site (HD-DVD encryption keys were posted)

    05/01/2007 8:58:23 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 165 replies · 5,536+ views
    InfoWorld ^ | May 1, 2007 | Kevin Railsback
    Excerpt - The folks at have let the social news genie out of the bottle, and now they can't control it. Since the HD-DVD encryption code was discovered and published, readers at Digg have been repeatedly submitting stories with the 16 digit hex code in the titles and bodies. Just as quickly as these posts crawl up the Digg charts, admins seem to be deleting them. Just search Google for 09 F9 and you'll find the key. Will AACS send a Cease and Desist to InfoWorld because I posted the text "09 F9"? If so, we might as well...
  • Apple Notifies Partners: DRM-free Music and DRM-free Music Videos Soon

    04/27/2007 6:47:45 AM PDT · by JohnSheppard · 3 replies · 246+ views
    Macrumors ^ | 04/27/2007
    Yesterday, Apple sent out short notices to their iTunes partners who provide the music content to the iTunes store. The notices let partners know that they would soon be able to offer DRM-free music and DRM-free music videos to customers through iTunes. Many of you have reached out to iTunes to find out how you can make your songs available higher quality and DRM-free. Starting next month, iTunes will begin offering higher-quality, DRM-free music and DRM-free music videos to all customers. The new unrestricted format appears to be open to any publisher who is interested. Apple and EMI first announced...
  • Microsoft changes tune on selling DRM-free songs

    04/07/2007 10:15:16 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 23 replies · 619+ views
    Computer World ^ | April 6,2007 | Elizabeth Montalbano
    April 06, 2007 (IDG News Service) -- Following digital music pioneer Apple Inc.'s lead, Microsoft Corp. said it will soon sell digital music online without digital rights management (DRM) protection. Microsoft's apparent change of heart on selling DRM-free music came in response to Apple's deal earlier in the week to sell unprotected content from recording company EMI Group PLC. The company previously claimed that DRM was necessary for current and emerging digital media business models. "The EMI announcement on Monday was not exclusive to Apple," said Katy Asher, a Microsoft spokeswoman on the Zune team, in an e-mail to the...
  • The EMI Drm-Free tracks, does it change anything? [Vanity]

    04/05/2007 1:01:04 PM PDT · by ozoneliar · 11 replies · 1,341+ views
    EMI recently announced it would offer DRM-Free tracks on Itunes for a 30 cent premium. This means people can copy the songs freely. But, does this really change anything from a legal perspective? It is still illegal to make copies of music.
  • EMI-Apple pen deal to sell songs

    04/02/2007 8:32:03 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 33 replies · 665+ views
    CNN ^ | 4-02-2007 | AP
    EMI Group PLC on Monday announced a deal that will allow computer company Apple Inc. to sell the record company's songs online without copy protection software. The agreement means that customers of Apple's iTunes store will soon be able to play downloaded songs by the Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Coldplay and other top-selling artists without the copying restrictions once imposed by their label. EMI said almost all of its catalog, excluding music by The Beatles, is included in the deal. Singles and albums free from copy-protection software and with a higher sound quality will be offered as a premium product,...
  • Apple, Beatles Label Plan Announcement

    04/01/2007 4:26:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 355+ views
    My Way News ^ | 4/1/07 | AP
    LONDON (AP) - Record company EMI Group PLC said Sunday it planned to unveil "an exciting new digital offering" with computer company Apple Inc. (AAPL), raising expectations that The Beatles' music catalog is about to be made available through Apple's iTunes online music store. EMI said it would hold a news conference Monday at its London headquarters with its chief executive, Eric Nicoli, and Apple boss Steve Jobs "and a special live performance." The company gave no further details. EMI has been The Beatles' record label since the early 1960s. The Beatles have so far been the most prominent holdout...
  • Music Executives Judge Jobs, Lament Losses

    03/01/2007 11:39:15 AM PST · by steve-b · 29 replies · 700+ views
    CNet ^ | 2/27/07 | Greg Sandoval
    NEW YORK--The discussions at a music conference here Tuesday started with an all-around bashing of Apple CEO Steve Jobs before moving to the plethora of issues plaguing the music industry.... CD sales fell 23 percent worldwide between 2000 and 2006. Legal sales of digital songs aren't making up the difference either. Last year saw a 131 percent jump in digital sales, but overall the industry still saw about a 4 percent decline in revenue. That has the industry pointing fingers at a number of things they believe caused the decline. At the opening of the conference, some of the panel...
  • RIAA intensifies campus crusade against piracy (Hollywood wants more pounds of flesh)

    02/28/2007 5:02:41 PM PST · by abt87 · 5 replies · 618+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/28/2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Jim Puzzanghera and Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writers
    The music industry is intensifying its fight against unauthorized music downloading by college-age students, as new information shows a dramatic increase in the number of songs exchanged through file-sharing networks. The Recording Industry Assn. of America trade group today announced plans to file five times as many lawsuits against individuals this year as it did when it initially began suing people in September 2003. It sent 400 letters to universities offering deals for students the RIAA has determined are downloading unauthorized copies of songs. The deal allows students to settle before a lawsuit is filed and avoid a court record....
  • Digital 'Fair Use' Bill Introduced In Congress

    02/27/2007 2:14:21 PM PST · by steve-b · 20 replies · 941+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/27/07 | Frank Ahrens
    Today, Reps. Rich Boucher (D-Va.) and John Dolittle (R-Calif.) introduced what they call the "Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship" (or FAIR USE) Act they say will make it easier for digital media consumers to use the content they buy....
  • HTPCs: A Victim of Evolution?

    02/19/2007 11:11:52 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 319+ views
    HardOCP ^ | Monday , February 19, 2007 | Tim Roper
    Two new classes of devices threaten to make the Home Theater PC obsolete. Has the HTPC party ended before it even began, or will competing devices be crippled over fears of copyright infringement? The Evolving HTPC Home Theater PCs (HTPCs) were poised to be the next must-have toy for technophiles. The idea was to have a single component to store and play your entire digital library of music, movies, and photos. The concept was nothing new. For several years, computers have been edging out TVs, stereos, and DVD players as the entertainment appliance of choice for college students confined to...
  • Music execs chime in on DRM: it's lame, but it ain't going anywhere

    02/15/2007 10:09:02 AM PST · by wizecrakker · 4 replies · 596+ views
    A recent poll conducted by Jupiter Research of European music firms reveals that DRM isn't exactly universally popular, not even in these bastions of all that is unholy and restricted. In the poll, 54% of executives thought DRM systems were too restrictive, and 62% believe dropping DRM would boost the "take-up" of digital music. That number varied dramatically based on who was being asked, with only 48% of record label execs thinking DRM would boost download sales, but 58% believing so at major labels, and outside the labels the executives seemed much wiser to the ways of the consumer, with...
  • Why Vista's DRM Is Bad For You

    02/14/2007 6:27:10 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies · 871+ views
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 02/12/2007 | Bruce Scheiner
    Windows Vista includes an array of "features" that you don't want. These features will make your computer less reliable and less secure. They'll make your computer less stable and run slower. They will cause technical support problems. They may even require you to upgrade some of your peripheral hardware and existing software. And these features won't do anything useful. In fact, they're working against you. They're digital rights management (DRM) features built into Vista at the behest of the entertainment industry. And you don't get to refuse them. The details are pretty geeky, but basically Microsoft has reworked a lot...
  • Yahoo Music, SanDisk Chiefs Urge Labels To 'Ditch DRM'

    02/14/2007 3:10:25 PM PST · by steve-b · 15 replies · 696+ views
    Macworld ^ | 1/12/07
    A senior Yahoo chief has spoken out in favour of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' call for major labels to abandon digital rights technology (DRM). Dave Goldberg, head of Yahoo Music, says that tracks sold through his service in MP3 format sell much faster than rights-protected tunes. Silicon Valley Watcher reports that Goldberg believes DRM is confusing for consumers, also that the company has experimented by making music available free of DRM, and tracks sold in this way see more sales. Goldberg is also heavily critical of the DRM system Microsoft licenses for a fee, saying it "doesn't work half the...
  • Steve Jobs and the digital rights bugaboo

    02/07/2007 5:27:19 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 38 replies · 478+ views
    marketwatch ^ | today | John Dvorak
    Digital rights management (DRM) is an out-and-out disaster both as a concept and as an always changing technology. Most technologists have always believed this and apparently now Steve Jobs is saying it publicly. See related story. He is begging the music industry to give up on all the DRM initiatives while subtly predicting they may spell its doom. He is dead right. The negative attitude over DRM is best expressed in the Wikipedia entry for DRM, "Technologies to give content providers control over redistribution and access to material. Critics of these technologies use an alternate expansion, 'Digital Restrictions Management'."
  • Norway agency questions Apple music move

    02/07/2007 8:40:11 AM PST · by Echo Talon · 5 replies · 282+ views
    mercurynews ^ | Feb. 07, 2007 | DOUG MELLGREN
    OSLO, Norway - Norway's Consumer Council applauded signs of willingness from Apple Inc. to open its iTunes music store to players other than its iPod, but said Wednesday the company was skirting key issues and passing responsibility to record companies. Norway is leading a European campaign to force Apple to make its iTunes online store compatible with rivals' digital music players. This month, Norway's consumer regulator declared the lack of interoperability illegal, and gave Apple until Oct. 1 to change it or face legal action and possible fines.
  • Apple's Jobs calls on music industry to drop DRM

    02/07/2007 6:35:46 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 8 replies · 429+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07 February 2007 | Yinka Adegoke and Duncan Martell
    NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs on Tuesday called on the four major record companies to start selling songs online without copy protection software to thwart piracy known as digital rights management (DRM). Jobs said there appeared to be no benefit for the record companies in continuing to sell more than 90 percent of their music without DRM on compact discs, while selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system."If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new...
  • Could YouTube Be Napsterized? (Viacom takedown could signal problems for GooTube)

    02/06/2007 11:09:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 358+ views
    Red Herring ^ | February 6, 2007 | Sunshine K. Mugrabi
    Now that Viacom has successfully ordered YouTube to remove 100,000 clips from its television shows, one big question hangs in the air. Could the popular video-sharing site survive an onslaught by old media? After months of failed negotiations, New York City-based media conglomerate Viacom ordered YouTube to remove its content from the site Friday. The company complied, and as of Tuesday most if not all of the offending clips were no longer viewable on YouTube (see Viacom to YouTube: Yank Videos) Viacom defends its actions. “YouTube is selling advertising in competition with us, using our own content,” said Michael Fricklas,...