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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's Main BBC Goon Spreads Propaganda Again Citizens ("Piracy")

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft's Main BBC Goon Spreads Propaganda Again Citizens ("Piracy")
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 00:00:10 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft's Ashley Highfield: 'We must face piracy head on'

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| Highfield announced he was leaving the BBC in April last year to join the 
| ill-fated Project Kangaroo. Less than two months later it emerged that the 
| BBC's annual digital budget managed by his division, future media and 
| technology, had suffered a Â35.8m blowout in the year to the end of March 
| 2008. This represented a 48% increase on the original budget set at Â74.2m. 
| Officially, most of this extra Â36m was judged to be a "misallocation of 
| general overheads and costs from other budgets", with just Â3.5m considered 
| to be actual overspend. However, the BBC Trust lambasted the corporation's 
| executives for "poor financial accountability" and a lack of management 
| control.         



BBC's Ashley Highfield, interviewed by Sean Daly -- "The Solution Is To Move
Beyond DRM"

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| The solution is actually to find a solution to DRM, to move beyond DRM in the 
| long run. 


Confused BBC tech chief: Only 600 Linux users visit our website

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| Ooops. Highfield goes on to say that these users should be seen in the 
| context of the vast majority, who run Windows. 


BBC on the iPlayer

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| An interesting podcast with Ashley Highfield, Director Future Media & 
| Technology....Clearly thereâs a vast amount of money to be made by 
| selling âDRMâ solutions to gullible old media companies. It is sad that the 
| BBC, who donât even have to protect their profits, do not have the collective 
| brains to see through this scam. Perhaps there is light at the end of the 
| tunnel? -- "Where do we go from here? â The solution then is to say either we 
| look at a future beyond DRM or weâre going to find it very hard to put our 
| content onto open source solutions." Â Â Â 
| But he is just teasing - they donât actually look at this future, so I guess 
| their choice is to not put their content onto open source solutions! 
| [...]
| I think he needs to add Parliament to his list of people to work better with, 
| after the recent lunacy from Lord Triesman 


Interview with Mark Taylor, Pres. of UK Open Source Consortium, by Sean Daly

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| Q: Now, when you say a smoking gun, what exactly do you mean?
| Mark Taylor: Well, the -- (laughter) -- the thing is, the iPlayer is not what 
| it claimed to be, it is built top-to-bottom on a Microsoft-only stack, the 
| BBC management team who are responsible for the iPlayer are a checklist of 
| senior employees from Microsoft who were involved with Windows Media. A 
| gentleman called Erik Huggers who's responsible for the iPlayer project in 
| the BBC, his immediately previous job was director at Microsoft for Europe, 
| Middle East & Africa responsible for Windows Media. He presided over the 
| division of Windows Media when it was the subject of the European 
| Commission's antitrust case. He was the senior director responsible. He's now 
| shown up responsible for the iPlayer project. Â Â Â Â Â


BBC Corrupted

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| Today the BBC made it official -- they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With 
| today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of 
| duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution 
| of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating 
| system to view BBC programming on the web. This is akin to saying you must 
| own a Sony TV set to watch BBC TV. And you must accept the Digital Â
| Restrictions Management (DRM) that the iPlayer imposes. You simply cannot be 
| allowed to be in control of your computer according to the BBC. Â Â Â


BBC iPlayer Protests 

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| Who are the people responsible for creating this mess?
| Â Â * Mark Thompson, BBC director general (DG)
| Â Â * Erik Huggers, group controller at BBC Future Media & Technology
| Â Â * Ashley Highfield, director of new media and technology
| Right now, there is very considerable concern within the BBC that the actions 
| of the Director General and his team are sending the corporation in the wrong 
| direction. The BBC has been embroiled in a number of recent controversies, 
| all linked back to the DG's leadership. Â 


Beeb slammed for 'fawning' to Bill Gates 

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| BBC viewers have flooded the corporation with complaints over how it
| covered the launch of Microsoft Vista earlier this week.
| In one cringingly servile interview worthy of Uriah Heep, the
| Beeb's news presenter Hugh Edwards even thanked Gates at the
| end of it, presumably in appreciation at being allowed to give
| the Vole vast coverage for free.
| In other TV news items presenters excitedly explained how Vistac
| ould be obtained and installed - details courtesy of the BBC's
| website.
| But British viewers, currently forced to pay a Â131.50 licence
| fee to maintain the BBC's "impartiality", were less than impressed.
| Scores got in touch to complain that so much was Auntie up Bill's
| bum that you could barely see her corset.



Brits! Act now to save the BBC from Microsoft

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| The BBC are holding an open consultation regarding how they're
| going to delivery on-demand content, they want answers to
| questions like: "How important is it that the proposed seven-day
| catch-up service over the internet is available to consumers who
| are not using Microsoft software?"


BBC courted for Xbox link

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| Microsoft was attracted to the BBCâs library of content and to 
| high-definition programmes such as the award-winning series Planet Earth, 
| Honey said. Â


MPs rap BBC over Siemens deal

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| But public spending watchdog the PAC said BBC executives misled the board 
| of governors about possible savings while trying to convince them to give 
| the deal the go-ahead.
| The committee of MPs found Â60m of costs was excluded when budgets were 
| put to the governors for approval.
| [...]
| The PAC said the BBC was failing to manage the contract properly.
| [...]
| The report suggests the BBC should open up its accounts to government 
| officials for proper scrutiny. 
`---- Â Â Â Â Â ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


Microsoft, Siemens to develop in-car infotainment


BBC Trust chairman scuppered by Skype 

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| The BBC has gone into a massive navel gazing operation after an internal 
| investigation that revealed it had made quite a few mistakes. 
| Naturally every hack+dog on the British national press is weighing in 
| describing it as a scandal, a "breach of trust" and the rest. Â
| [...]
| ohn Humphreys, the interviewer, proceeded to explain that the chairman was 
| using something called Skype. Sort of re-assuring that the BBC Trust isn't 
| wasting licence payers' money though. Â


BBC iPlayer ups its restrictions


Ubuntu Linux maker joins OSC over iPlayer campaign

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| As the Internet becomes part of everyone's lives - we will all go online 
| using more types of device. Locking access to BBC iPlayer content to phones 
| and internet tablets running Windows(tm) is shortsighted and bad for 
| fee-payers. Platform neutral means that we need  
| a solution that supports Linux and Apple's OSX."
| We fully support the OSC's vital campaign that the iPlayer support Linux and 
| trust that the BBC sees why this is in the interest of feepayers." 


What tricks is the BBC up to with Microsoft?

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| The twin elephants in the meeting room will be Microsoft's Silverlight and 
| PlayReady. 


BBC's iPlayer's Prospects Looking Bleak

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| "The future of iPlayer, the BBC's new online on-demand system for delivering 
| content, is continuing to look bleaker. With ISPs threatening to throttle the 
| content delivered through the iPlayer, consumers petitioning the UK 
| government and the BBC to drop the DRM and Microsoft-only technology, and 
| threatened legal action from the OSC, the last thing the BBC wanted to see 
| today was street protests at their office and at the BBC Media Complex 
| accompanied by a report issued by DefectiveByDesign about their association 
| with Microsoft." Â Â Â 


BBC iPlayer protest report

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| First on site with me is Tom Chance, Green Party spokesperson on Free 
| Software. He has organized for Dr Derek Wall, lead spokesperson for the Green 
| Party to join us and make some statements about BBC iPlayer and the Microsoft 
| lock-in it establishes. Â 
| [...]
| We have 1500 fliers to distribute, that focus on the key issue with the 
| iPlayer, and why $130 Million and 4 years of development don't get you much 
| when you choose Microsoft DRM. Â


Anti-DRM Protesters call on the BBC to eliminate DRM from the iPlayer

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| London and Manchester, England â Two weeks after the BBC officially launched 
| the iPlayer, protesters wearing bright yellow Hazmat suits gathered outside 
| BBC Television Center in London and BBC headquarters in Manchester to demand 
| that Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) be eliminated from the BBC. Â 
| The BBC have developed the "iPlayer" at a cost to the BBC license fee payer 
| of Â130 Million and rising. Â
| [...]
| FSF Executive Director attending the protest spoke about the corrupting 
| influence of Microsoft, "BBC values have been corrupted because BBC 
| Executives are too closely associated with Microsoft. BBC values have been 
| corrupted because the iPlayer uses proprietary software and standards made 
| under an exclusive deal with Microsoft. BBC values have been corrupted 
| because license fee payers must now own a Microsoft operating system to 
| download BBC programming. BBC values have been corrupted because license fee 
| payers must accept DRM technologies that spy and monitor on the digital files 
| held on their computers. We are here today to help BBC Director General Mark 
| Thompson, clean up this DRM mess, and to encourage the BBC Trust to reverse 
| course and eliminate DRM from the BBC iPlayer" Â Â Â Â Â


Internet groups warn BBC over iPlayer plans

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| Some of the companies involved have told the BBC that they will consider 
| limiting the bandwidth available to iPlayer â a process known as traffic 
| shaping. The measure would limit the number of consumers who could access the 
| iPlayer at any one time. Â 


Lobby Group: Microsoft Too Close to BBC

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| A software lobby group is campaigning to highlight the role of software giant 
| Microsoft Corp. in the British Broadcasting Corp.'s digital media strategy by 
| petitioning Great Britain Prime Minister Gordon Brown to address the issue. Â



Requires ActiveX, IE, Windows...

Silverlight looks better by the Moonlight

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| The BBC has already experimented with Silverlight and says it is looking for 
| an "embedded media solution".


BBC iPlayer petition hits 10,000

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| More than 10,000 people have signed an e-petition on the 10 Downing Street 
| website urging the BBC to make its iPlayer available to non-Windows users. 


EC threat to BBC over downloads

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| However, OSC disagrees and says the next step is to make a formal 
| complaint to the European Commission (EC).
| "We're preparing the full details at the moment and we will be 
| sending a formal letter within the next week," said Mr Taylor. 


Open sourcers rattle EU sabre at BBC on demand player

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| The BBC is being threatened with an anti-trust challenge in Europe over its 
| use of the Windows Media format in its on demand service, iPlayer, which is
| in the final stages of testing.


Free the BBC

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| We are deeply concerned about the BBC's use of "Digital Rights 
| Management" (DRM) to manage content delivered to users over the 
| Internet. There are dozens of arguments against DRM, however we 
| believe these are the most important and relevant to the BBC.


Save the BBC from Windows DRM!

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| Clearly, shutting out 25% of your audience sits ill with the BBC's
| remit of serving all of its users...
| There is no denying that this is an extremely difficult area for
| the BBC, since it must negotiate not one but three minefields -
| those of technology standards, copyright and contract law. But
| there are still things that it could do without turning into a
| global advertisement for Microsoft's flawed DRM approach.


BBC plans to lock viewers into Microsoft monopoly says Open Source Consortium

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| The Open Source Consortium (OSC) believes the plans are anti-competitive
| and will use public money to lock viewers into the technologies of
| a repeatedly convicted monopolist.


Microsoft Tells Apple To Stop Complaining About DRM


Microsoft launches 'PlayReady' DRM system

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| Although digital rights management (DRM) is popular with content
| creators, it has attracted criticism. Sony was widely attacked after
| using a rootkit-like application to hide content protection on some
| music CDs, and earlier this month Apple CEO Steve Jobs called on
| the music industry to drop its use of DRM.


Golden Rant : Microsoft DRM's gone too far

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| Microsoft appears to have hit the wrong button on its critical
| Windows XP download service late last month, pretty well forcing
| every XP user to upgrade to Windows Media Player (WiMP) 11 if
| they (like me and many others) have the automatic download/install
| option enabled for critical updates.


The Longest Suicide Note in History

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| Gutmann: The genie's out of the bottle before the operating system has even
| been released! But that doesn't mean Vista users in particular - and
| the computer community at large - won't end up paying for Microsoft's
| DRM folly. At the risk of repeating myself repeating myself, yet
| another reason to move to Linux.
`---- Â Â ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


DRM in Windows Vista

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| 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.

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