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[News] DRM Keeps Sinking Down the Drain

Sony BMG settles suit over CDs

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| Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $1.5 million and kick in thousands
| more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and
| Texas over music CDs that installed a hidden anti-piracy program
| on consumers' computers.


Amazon Soon Opening DRM-free MP3 Store

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| Looks like rumors are afloat that Amazon is planning on a late
| first quarter 2007 launch of a new music download store. In an
| already crowded music download market, Amazon hopes to differentiate
| itself in two major ways...


Tivoisation explained - implementation and harms

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| To think about what free software licences should do about
| tivoisation, we have to understand what problems we're trying
| to prevent, and how it works - so that we can ensure that
| it doesn't work.



iTunes sales 'collapsing'

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| The leading DRM digital download service, Apple's iTunes, has
| experienced a collapse in sales revenues this year according to
| analyst company Forrester Research.


Music to be offered in MP3 file format

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| After years of selling online music digitally wrapped with copy
| and playback restrictions designed to hinder piracy, major music
| labels are beginning to make some songs available in the
| unrestricted MP3 file format.



Big labels are f*cked, and DRM is dead - Peter Jenner

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| Few people know the music industry better than Peter Jenner. Pink
| Floyd's first manager, who subsequently managed Syd Barrett's solo
| career, Jenner has also looked after T.Rex, The Clash, Ian Dury,
| Disposable Heroes and Billy Bragg - who he manages today. He's also
| secretary general of the International Music Managers Forum.


The Top 10 Arguments Against DRM

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| 1. DRM doesn't prevent illegal use of files, it just makes it a bit
| more difficult to access them.
| 2. All it takes is one person to crack the file and it can be made
| available to everyone.
| 3. Anyone selling content on CD is already selling unprotected files 
| anyway.
| 4. DRM adds a lot of costs for content producers
| 5. There's a huge hidden cost in trying to sell DRM'ed content
| 6. Often the costs of the DRM are passed along to the consumer as well.
| 7. DRM-free content will play on your device of today and your device
| of tomorrow
| 8. Your media devices of the future will be significantly different than 
| your media devices of the present.
| 9. DRM fundamentally changes who is control of your media.
| 10. Whenever you buy DRM'ed content you support the system of DRM


Is DRM good or bad for consumers?

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| In addition, many consumers don't understand DRM restrictions, and
| they're surprised when a CD that works on a home stereo can't be
| played somewhere else, she said. Vendors offer "little disclosure
| about how consumers can use" DRM-protected content, she said.


The Danger of DRM

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| Sony, having acquired Columbia Records in 1988, was now aligned behind
| music industry interests. It had long sought to replace the open MP3f
| ormat with its own ATRAC audio compression scheme in order to retain
| control over digital music files and limit the potential for music
| file sharing.


Why we are Not Evil !

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| # No DRM: No copy protection (DRM), you can do what you like with
| your music, unlike iTunes and Windows-media based web sites
| # Listen to everything: all our albums can be listened to in their
| entirety before you buy


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