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'No discernible increase in piracy' from DRM-free e-books

A little over a year ago, Speculative Science Fiction publisher Tor decided to do away with digital rights management (DRM) for its e-books. The company's publisher Tom Doherty said that the time that authors were supportive because DRM frustrates readers. “It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in …
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FTC to host town hall meeting on DRM abuse

Here's a glimmer of hope that 2009 will be the year of DRM reform. Questionable DRM regimes have caught the eye of the US Federal Trade Commission, which has announced it will host a town hall meeting on March 25 to address the consumer protection, anti-competition, and disclosure issues surrounding DRM restrictions in the …
Austin Modine, 7 Jan 2009
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EA in Spore DRM climbdown

Electronic Arts has taken its lumps over the past few weeks for its digital rights management (DRM) restrictions on Spore. Critics claim DRM limiting those who bought the hotly anticipated sim to only three installs amounts to no more than renting the software out, rather than selling it. DRM also prevented players from …
Austin Modine, 22 Sep 2008
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Media standard backers attempt Apple-less solo run

Computer and entertainment companies have announced a plan to standardise video and music files so that they play on any device. The ambitious plan has not been backed by the dominant force in digital downloads, Apple. Through its iTunes software and online shop, Apple is the largest distributor of legal music online, and is …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Sep 2008
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Amazon flash mob mauls Spore DRM

For software that appeals to a wide audience like EA's latest sim game Spore, it's sometimes the first time the average person gets a good taste of how digital rights management (DRM) puts the screw on legitimate users. Spore's DRM limits customers to only three activations after the game is installed. That number isn't …
Austin Modine, 10 Sep 2008
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Yahoo! shoots DRM servers, swallows keys to tunes

Like Micro, like Hoo. Following in the footsteps of Steve Ballmer and company, Yahoo! plans to destroy the DRM servers propping up all those people misguided enough to purchase tunes from its failed music store. It's called Yahoo! Music Unlimited. But there are limits. The online tune store/subscription service will close on …
Cade Metz, 25 Jul 2008
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Watchdog demands MSN Music mea culpa

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is demanding that Steve Ballmer make a public apology to all people silly enough to purchase tunes from MSN Music, Microsoft's long-defunct iTunes wannabe. This morning, the San Francisco-based tech watchdog floated an open letter (PDF) to the hulking Microsoft CEO, criticizing the company's …
Cade Metz, 30 Apr 2008

Caribbean firm circumvents BD+ copy protection

Software developers based in the Caribbean have thrown down the gauntlet to the movie industry with a product that can copy Blu-ray discs protected by the latest high definition disc copy protection technology. Version 6.4.0.0 of AnyDVD HD allows users to make backup copies of Blu-ray discs protected with BD+ ahead of the …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2008
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DRM in latest QuickTime cripples Adobe video editing code

The latest version of Apple's QuickTime media player has video production people venting their spleens after discovering that new digital rights management features have crippled the use editing software from Adobe. Shortly after updating to QuickTime 7.4, legions of people charged chat groups to report they were unable to …
Dan Goodin, 26 Jan 2008
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Amazon plans iTunes rival

Amazon.com is prepping an MP3 music download store, offering DRM-free songs from EMI and 12,000 other labels. The e-tailer will open shop "later this year". In the meantime it is not commenting on pricing. But according to WebProNews, Amazon is said to be offering "full album downloads retailing at $4.99 to $8.99 and …
Austin Modine, 16 May 2007
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MPAA veteran Jack Valenti dead at 85

Former Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Chairman Jack Valenti is dead following complications of a stroke suffered in March. The voice of the MPAA for nearly 40 years, Valenti's public career began during the Johnson administration, when he served as an advisor and confidant to the late President. Valenti is best …
Thomas C Greene, 27 Apr 2007
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MPAA chairman promises legal DVD copying, interoperable DRM

With all the debate about whether or not music actually requires the use of any Digital Rights Management at all, it's worth getting the collective opinion of the Motion Pictures Association of America on the subject. And if we believe the word of MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman this week, DRM is definitely here to stay when …
Faultline, 27 Apr 2007
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DRM-free music: EMI calls the tune and Apple takes the credit

Comment Having been a big believer in DRM and its necessity, although dismissive of its inflexibility and lack of sophistication, we, Rethink Research, have to interpret the big news of last week that EMI will offer its catalog DRM-free, as at least dangerous and potentially disastrous. But that's only if it is looked at in the long …
Faultline, 9 Apr 2007
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EMI: DRM stays

EMI has broken off talks with digital music download services about providing a DRM-free repertoire. EMI was always tipped as the most likely of the "Big Four" to break ranks with its peers and supply music unencumbered by DRM. It's the smallest of the four major labels, the only one that isn't part of a major entertainment …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Feb 2007

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