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Links 1 through 10 of 102 by Simon Phipps tagged DRM

Fascinating use of power here by Rowling that has the potential to really change the eBook and DRM markets if others with her power follow suit.

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Here's one of the reasons I'm not investing in Blu-Ray. In the name of addressing "piracy", the movie industry is artificially crippling Blu-Ray so that its most loyal customers are repeatedly punished for buying it. Meanwhile, actual criminals who sell illegal copies of the movies are barely inconvenienced becuase they have access to the raw digital content. Digital restriction measures do nothing to protect the industry and simply harm customers.

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Congratulations to the EFF on this victory for digital liberty. We mustn't over-state the victory, however. The DMCA is still an unnecessarily broad act that chills innovation and liberty for Americans and sets a norm that endangers digital liberty worldwide. Moreover, the acts they have caused to be decriminalised are still covered contractually by the ridiculous terms applied to customers. So the fight for digital liberty is far from over.

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The BBC want to add DRM (digital restriction measures) to UK television broadcasts. Given we have all already paid for whatever they broadcast becuase of the license fee, and given that most of what's broadcast is available from elsewhere, this is about controlling consumers and not about protecting rights-holders. You'll note that control of UK consumers is being handed to an unaccountable offshore consortium. It's also another assault on the use of open source software since it will take a legal entity to get licensed by the offshore quango. I've signed up to the text ORG are submitting to OfCOM and suggest you consider doing so too if you're in the UK.

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Building a business from avoiding DRM which imposes restrictions that remove peoples' legal rights. Fascinating to see them saying it's all perfectly legal.

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Or, "how to ensure your customers can't use your product and become 'criminals'". Great illustration of why "technical measures" are ridiculous and counter-productive.

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This is a very sad development from the UK's public service broadcaster.

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All the arguments about "protecting rights" come to nothing when you realise that a ripped copy of a movie is far better to watch than the spam-laden version you can buy in a store. I have the same gripe about satellite TV in the UK - why should it be stuffed with advertising if I am paying to watch it?

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It's bad enough to buy a product and be told by the manufacturer that you can't be trusted to have actually bought it so you must authenticate your purchase (usually with the surrender of your anonymity and privacy). To be told you are trusted so little you have to authenticate every three month is insulting. And to have the breakage installed silently by a mechanism you've been trusting to protect you is downright treacherous. I thought Microsoft was supposed to be changing for the better?

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Mark Pilgrim with a eulogy for the freedom to tinker. This is one of the key reasons I'm an advocate of and activist for software freedom.

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