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DRM is (almost) dead


If someone would tell me that DRM is dead and saying the truth at that, I would probably be crying out of happiness. Really, all forms of DRM gone? Can you imagine it? It would mark a significant step from the backward direction the industry has been taking and into the right direction. Suddenly, there would be more hope for a bright future of cultural diversity (although copyright still needs to be reformed, DRM or not).

Well, Hans Bezemer "The Beez", apparently a very intelligent writer based on his blogging history, wrote a very interesting article making some of the points that should already be loudly resonating throughout the digital universe. DRM is a failure, no matter how you look at it. It is now up to its purveyors to understand this and choose whether to bring more pain to both themselves and culture lovers by pushing further or let go.

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Two long, but insightful and interesting articles:

Understanding how Apple’s FairPlay DRM works helps to answer a lot of questions: why it hasn’t been replaced with an open, interoperable DRM that anyone can use, why Apple isn’t broadly licensing FairPlay, and why the company hasn’t jumped to add DRM-free content from indie artists to iTunes.

How FairPlay Works: Apple's iTunes DRM Dilemma

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FSF's DefectiveByDesign anti-DRM campaign has a new action going, calling on Steve Jobs to take on DRM, based on his recent largely anti-DRM open letter:

"Sign this letter to Steve Jobs asking him to back his pledge on DRM by April 1. We will send this letter with your comments to Steve on April 1, with a big thank you because he has taken one of these actions, or a jesters hat for him to wear if he doesn't. We will publish the best/funniest comments through out the month!"

Read more and sign the letter.


Is this the beginning of locking out free platforms such as GNU/Linux from "legal" content? Will the next thing be a proprietary version of BitTorrent? They certainly didn't take a very good direction.

"With the Oscars out of the way, and Martin Scorsese's The Departed as best picture, BitTorrent, which became one with Hollywood back in 2005, says today it becomes 'legal' with DRMd movie rentals available the from four of the Big Six studios, and video, games and software, on board.

It's moved solidly into corporate territory or, as Variety sums it up, "After over a year of negotiations with Hollywood, the biggest name in piracy is going legit."

Google to support DRM


"Proponents of DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) consumer control have received one of their most significant endorsements yet.

"We are definitely committed to (offering copyright protection technologies)," Reuters has Google CEO Eric Schmidt saying. "It is one of the company's highest priorities.

"We just reviewed that (issue) about an hour ago," Schmidt told Reuters when asked what Google was doing to make so-called anti-piracy technologies widely available to video owners. "It is going to roll out very soon ... It is not far away."" -- Read more at p2pnet and Reuters.