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[News] Another Online Shop Gives Up on Digital Restrictions Mess (DRM)

VirginMega adopts DRM-free MP3 on its music store

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| VirginMega.fr, by Lagardere, is adding more than 200,000 tracks
| available in the MP3 256k format. So far, the store only offered
| Microsoft's PlayForSure WMA 192k tracks, and only made a few
| tracks available as an experiment in a similar way as Yahoo did.
| However, France is the first country where a full-DRM store adopts
| MP3 on a large scale.



Sony 'deceived' on music

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| Sony has been convicted of misleading the French public and told
| to pay damages to a consumer watchdog for selling downloadable
| songs that only run on its own music players.
| France's Union Federale des Consommateurs (UFC) took Sony's
| French and British subsidiaries to court in February 2005 over
| the music download site Sony Connect. The lawsuit also targets
| Apple, maker of the popular iPod, whose case is expected to
| reach the courts later this year.


Who's Killing MP3 and ITunes?

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| 1. The labels don't have a choice
| 2. Apple might be forced into interoperability
| 3. Thomson has endorsed selling watermarked MP3
| 4. Amazon is rumored to start selling MP3s by April
| 5. Sony: "DRMs are going to become less important"
| 6. People love AllofMP3.com
| 7. MP3 has future options


Apple faces suit over iPod-iTunes link

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| As if its options woes weren't trouble enough, Apple Computer Inc.
| said Friday it is facing several federal lawsuits, including one 
| alleging the company created an illegal monopoly by tying iTunes
| music and video sales to its market-leading iPod portable players.


EMI abandons CD DRM 

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| EMI has announced that it will no longer infect its CDs with DRM. I
| remember just a few years ago when an EMI customer-service rep sent
| an email to an irate customer promising that every CD in Europe would
| have DRM within a decade.


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.


Cost analysis of Vista DRM: Part II

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| Microsoft doesn't merely use DRM. To all intents and purposes it
| is DRM, better known as Digital Rights Management, Digital
| Restrictions Management or or just plain CRAP for Content
| Restriction, Annulment, and Protection, as ZDNet's David
| Berlind called it, eventually deferring to Richard Stallman's
| Cancellation, Restriction, and Punishment. We call it, simply,
| CCG, short for Consumer Control Gear.


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.


AACS DRM cracked by BackupHDDVD tool?

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| Note: We're working on testing this ourselves, we'll report back
| with our findings asap.
| [Thanks, Max and Adam]
| Update: Well, it definitely does something. Click on for some
| pics and our experiences using the app.


iTunes DRM Inspires People to Pirate Content

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| BitTorrent Inc president and co-founder, Ashwin Navin says that iTunes'
| DRM is "a time bomb waiting to happen," and that it will inspire
| people to pirate content. The irony is that his company is about to
| launch a video store that heavily implements Microsoft?s Windows DRM.


MPAA: Frustrated Consumers Will Pirate

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| The MPAA's Brad Hunt outlined some of the ways the MPAA is working
| to standardize content protection controls in the age of digital
| home networking. But he also acknowledged that piracy is the
| consumer's answer to the content industry's inability to provide
| a simple digital-rights-management solution.


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