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The best things in life are free, especially if you’re downloading a movie

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$6. That’s the price I paid to rent the delightful Pixar production that is Wall-E. But, obviously, that’s not enough money for me to not be treated like a criminal, for me to actually watch the movie the way I wanted to, or even watch it at all in any way. Sure, it’s a rental, so I expect DRM. But even then, I would’ve had the same experience if I’d bought […]

Zune expands to new markets – brings movie rentals to Aussie gamers

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Big news from Redmond for gamers, and those who use their Xbox 360s as a media hub. Microsoft has decided to extend its Zune platform to more markets – despite the fact that the Zune player is only available (officially) in the United States. “The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings,” Craig Eisler, Corporate VP of Interactive Entertainment Business […]

Norway gives Apple deadline to open up iTunes DRM

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Norway’s Consumer Council has given Apple until November to open up iTunes to allow its music to be playable in other MP3 players or it will face official sanctions, after giving then two years to meet the demand set by the council after Apple broke Norwegian law. Under Norway’s Marketing Control Act, users who buy digital media are allowed to use the media in any device they choose. Apple, currently, […]

Wal*Mart set to pull plug on music DRM server

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Six months after Wal*Mart jumped into the music download business, joining Amazon, Napster and Apple’s iTunes, back in August 2007, they have decided to make the switch to DRM-free music. That’s great, but what would happen to all of the music that was purchased before the announcement? Well, the answer is that it won’t be playable, if you plan to move it to another computer. Why? Well, they are planning […]

EA reverses on Spore DRM mistake

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Electronic Arts have said that it will now apply more “liberal” protections for its new “Spore” game, created by “The Sims” creator Will Wright, by increasing the number of times the game can be installed. This comes after weeks of bad press, even though the game got rave reviews on its launch on September 7, for its DRM that were designed to keep the game from being illegally copied and […]

AnyDVD craks BD+ DRM

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Boing Boing is reporting that Slysoft, the makers of the famous DVD-copying software AnyDVD HD, has managed to crack the new anti-copying system used on Blu-Ray disks. Known as BD+, it was thought to be uncrackable and was one of the reasons cited by many pundits for its victory over HD-DVD in the format wars. BD+ allowed the movie studios to include applications on the disks with some can downgrade […]

Breaking DVD DRM is legal in Finland

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Boing Boing has written that Finland is now allowing you to break the CSS DRM on your DVD, as Finish law only protects “effective” DRM, and since it’s been broken many times; this means it’s no longer protected!

Apple, Real, Microsoft sued for… DRM?

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Yes, it’s so true. Apple, Real, Microsoft and Adobe have been sued by Media Rights Technologies for… manufacturing billion of copies of Real Player, Windows Vista, Apple iTunes & iPod and Adobe Flash Player without the regard of the DMCA and intellectual properties. Who thinks this stupid? I do…

EMI “No More DRM…”

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EMI and Apple have partnered to make every EMI song that is cataloged in the iTunes Store… DRM Free! Yes, now you can play your U2 songs in somewhere else. However, they will be a price increase from the normal 99c to $1.29 [I should mention that this is the current pricing structure for the US version] per song. This new service is to be available in May.


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