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[News] BBC Adopts DRM and Block Free(dom) Software Despite DRM's Failure in the Market

  • Subject: [News] BBC Adopts DRM and Block Free(dom) Software Despite DRM's Failure in the Market
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:31:11 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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BBC Activates DRM For Its iPlayer Content

,----[ Quote ]
| "The BBC has quietly added DRM to its 
| iPlayer content. This breaks support for 
| things like the XBMC plugin as well as 
| other non-approved third-party players. The 
| get-iplayer download page has a good 
| summary of what happened, including links 
| to The Reg articles and the BBC's response 
| to users' complaints."


Stop BBC âDigital Rights Managementâ from disabling your HD TV

,----[ Quote ]
| The BBC want an offshore consortium of 
| entertainment companies called the "Digital 
| Transmission Licensing Administrator" to 
| decide how your high definition TV and 
| video can work. 
| The American courts rejected these 
| draconian restrictions, so the DTLA has 
| chosen to pick on British TV viewers 
| instead.


OSI Opposes Barriers To Open Source Software For Television

,----[ Quote ]
| The Open Source Initiative Board has added 
| OSI to the list of organizations asking 
| that the BBC not be allowed to add digital 
| restriction measures to digital broadcasts 
| in the United Kingdom. The BBC's request to 
| do so is being reviewed by the UK 
| regulator, OfCOM, and OSI is supporting the 
| position statement from the UK's Open 
| Rights Group and encouraging others to do 
| likewise.


EA's Own Employees Annoyed At Pointless DRM Solutions

,----[ Quote ]
| However, now it appears that it's even 
| pissing off EA employees. Slashdot points 
| out that the editor of EA.com got really 
| frustrated over the game kicking him out 
| because his DSL was flakey:
|     "Booted twice -- and progress lost -- 
|     on my single-player C&C4 game because 
|     my DSL connection blinked. DRM fail. We 
|     need new solutions." 


Valve dishes DRM dirt

,----[ Quote ]
| We reported last week that Ubisoft's latest 
| anti-piracy measures caused a barrage of 
| complaints. It was revealed that the system 
| forced gamers to login via the publisher's 
| website in order to play and required users 
| to have a constant Internet connection.
| On behalf of Valve and 99.9 per cent of the 
| gaming industry, Newell said he thought 
| that DRM, in its current form, is 
| restrictive and a damaging customer 
| experience.


Command & Conquer 4 requires constant online connection

,----[ Quote ]
| EA proudly declared that C&C4 has "NO DRM" 
| but clearly this is not the case. C&C4 will 
| boot you if your connection drops, making 
| it no less insidious than Assassin's Creed 
| 2 and Silent Hunter 5. Electronic Arts is 
| trying to justify the DRM by saying the 
| game updates user statistics, but it's a 
| poor excuse given that other games simply 
| wait until a player is back online to 
| update stats. 


French pirates 'dodge' tough laws

,----[ Quote ]
| A small-scale study shows that some French people are changing their habits and 
| getting pirated music and movies from sources not covered by the law.


Peers warn of backlash fears over digital radio

,----[ Quote ]
| The government could face a public backlash 
| over its plans to switch national radio 
| stations over to digital transmission, 
| peers have warned.
| The Communications Committee of the House 
| of Lords says there is "public confusion 
| and industry uncertainty".
| It said people were still buying analogue 
| radios which will be out of date in a few 
| years' time. 

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