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DRM still too strong


We may be talking about the entertainment industry here more than anyone else, but if they were able to push DRM as far as they did then they sure can go even further. The reason why we need to acknowledge that the DRM isn't exactly going away just yet, which the news of EMI offering DRM-free music may seem to imply, is that this act by EMI and Apple isn't exactly what it first seemed to be. They are not about giving up on DRM. They are not even so much about giving consumers what they want as much as it is giving Apple and EMI what they want.

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"The Hill Times reports the Conservative government will introduce copyright reform legislation this spring provided that there is no election.

The paper points to two main changes from the Liberals Bill C-60 - tougher anti-circumvention legislation (ie. DMCA-style laws that ban devices that can be used to circumvent as well as provisions that block all circumvention subject to the odd exception) and an educational exception that will provide for free access to web-based materials.

If this report is true, the bill will be remarkable in its ability generate more opposition than any prior copyright bill in Canadian history.

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"I’m increasingly aghast at the erosion of the traditional freedom we’ve enjoyed to do whatever we please with our personal computers -- but intrigued by the science behind it.

My latest revelation came during a recent visit to AMD for a day of briefings, mostly about the Barcelona quad-core Opteron and the Torrenza direct-connect coprocessor interface. During that visit, I got the briefest of updates on ATI’s new GPU (graphics processing unit) technology. It will ship with software that plays movies on Blu-ray discs. The AMD rep spelled it out in words that would have been undiplomatic coming from me: He said that the new chips will “block unauthorized access to the frame buffer.” In short, that means an unauthorized party can’t save the contents of the display to a file on disk unless the content owner approves it." -- Read more (thanks to a thing for a link).


Here's something to chill us out after feeling all celebratory after the April 2 featured news. Charlie Demerjian of The Inquirer says:

"YOU ALL FELL for it, the easiest PR trick in the book, Apple, EMI and DRM. It really saddens me that not a single media outlet or reader picked up on it, they played you like a drum. Bad reader, no cookie. Bad media outlets, no cookie and a beating about the head and neck with a medium sized cod."

Charlie further explains:

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"But DRM just won't last, believes Zimmermann. He recalls the computer industry's use of dongles and strange sectors on floppy discs as an attempt to stop piracy in the past. These methodologies disappeared because, according to Zimmermann, "no-one liked it".

"In the US, theft in software is not as bad as it used to be – companies usually buy licenses. Music and movies are going through a difficult time right now. Yet in the case of software, we got rid of those anti-piracy techniques because the market didn't like them. Eventually with DRM that will come to pass too."" --

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