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[News] DRM Leads to Outrage Again

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Copy protection cop-out causes anger 

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| No matter how smart your DRM people are, no matter how much money you throw 
| at the problem and no matter how many layers of protection you add... there 
| is an army of people out there working in basements and bedrooms and bunkers, 
| fueled by Red Bull and pizza, just waiting for you to announce that you have 
| released an uncrackable game.    



Amazon Faces a Fight Over Its E-Books

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| A growing number of civil libertarians and customer advocates wants Amazon to
| fundamentally alter its method for selling Kindle books, lest it be forced to
| one day change or recall books, perhaps by a judge ruling in a defamation
| case — or by a government deciding a particular work is politically damaging
| or embarrassing.
| “As long as Amazon maintains control of the device it will have this ability
| to remove books and that means they will be tempted to use it or they will be
| forced to it,” said Holmes Wilson, campaigns manager of the Free Software
| Foundation.


Amazon Kindle doomed to repeat Big Brother moment

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| Yes, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has apologized for the Orwellian removal of
| Orwell from digital book readers tucked inside the pockets of American
| citizens. And yes, the new-age retailer has promised not to repeat its Big
| Brother moment. But that's not a promise it can promise to keep.
| [...]
| This uneasy feeling was only exacerbated by the fact that Amazon removed the
| books out from under Orwell lovers without explicitly telling them it was
| doing so. There were refund notices sent via email, but nothing more. Many
| Kindlers were left to wonder why their books had disappeared - while others
| wondered why there was a refund.


On Pi Approximation Day, Flying Pigs and DRM

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| Those designing the DRM "simply refuse to face reality," he concluded. "I
| have a machine with an AMD 7550 Dual Core, a ton of RAM, and most importantly
| nearly a TB of hard disc space, and yet I am supposed to keep my games and my
| movies piled around my machine so I can stuff in a disc every time I want to
| use them? What good is all that space for if DRM won't let me use it?"
| In short, "and it pains me to write this," hairyfeet said, "I have to agree
| with RMS for once. DRM is simply too nasty to allow it to infect Linux."

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