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When this eBook store closes, your books disappear too - BBC News
Yet another example of why DRM on ebooks is not a good idea.
drm  via:HackerNews 
april 2019 by mcherm
Florida inmate says prison sold him $569 of music, then took it away | Ars Technica
Prisons sold $100 and $200 music players, and sold music at $1.70 per song. Then after a few years they found a new vendor and told prisoners at best they could send their music library on CD to someone outside the prison.
law  via:reddit  prison  drm 
february 2019 by mcherm
A battle rages for the future of the Web | Ars Technica UK
EFF pushed W3C saying "if you MUST standardize DRM, at least require that security researchers still be allowed to do research". Corporations in W3C push back.
w3c  drm  copyright  law  ip-law  security  internet  eff  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing 
february 2017 by mcherm
They changed direction: no more DRM on lightbulbs!
After some public outcry they decided not to impose DRM controls on light bulbs after all.
drm  via:HackerNews 
december 2015 by mcherm
Lightbulb DRM: Philips Locks Purchasers Out Of Third-Party Bulbs With Firmware Update | Techdirt
A rather easily lampooned case of Digital Rights Management running amok: a firmware update modified these lamps so now they only accept DRM-signed light bulbs (when they used to accept any bulb).
drm  law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
december 2015 by mcherm
If dishwashers were iPhones | Technology | The Guardian
Satire by Cory Doctorow: what if dishwashers required licenses for plates to be used in them?
appstore  drm  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing 
february 2015 by mcherm
Ian Hickson - Google+ - Discussions about DRM often land on the fundamental problem…
The real reason for pushing DRM is not to prevent people from copying, it's so that content producers can pressure device makers to build things their way. I'm not sure it's 100% true, but it IS an interesting point.
drm  via:HackerNews 
may 2014 by mcherm
Mozilla breaks our hearts, adds DRM to Firefox - Boing Boing
Firefox added DRM to the browser, saying if they didn't everyone would stop using the browser. And they may be right, but it's sad.
drm  CoryDoctorow  firefox  mozilla  via:boingboing 
may 2014 by mcherm
Adobe to Require New Epub DRM in July, Expects to Abandon Existing Users - The Digital Reader
Adobe invented a new kind of DRM so they're going to break all existing eBook readers using their old technology. Really.
drm  adobe  ebooks  via:boingboing 
february 2014 by mcherm
DRM CHAIR on Vimeo
A chair with "DRM" -- you can only sit on it 8 times, then it's gone.
drm  law  ip-law  via:slashdot 
march 2013 by mcherm
GOG- How An Indie Game Store Took On Piracy And Won
A DRM-free game channel (GOG) explains why they think DRM-free is better. As evidence, one of the games they helped launch was hacked: and the hackers bought and cracked a commercial version instead of simply distributing the DRM-free version.
DRM  via:slashdot 
november 2012 by mcherm
When it comes to DRM, Amazon is a bottom feeding Hell Beast | Attendly
"I'm an author and I used to think DRM would save me from pirates. Now I think LACK of DRM will save me from Amazon."
drm  publishing  via:HackerNews 
november 2012 by mcherm
calibre - E-book management
I am told this is an excellent tool for managing e-books, and among other things it can strip the DRM from books purchased from Amazon.
useful  ebooks  kindle  via:reddit  drm 
october 2012 by mcherm
Outlawed by Amazon DRM « Martin Bekkelund
Amazon decided this woman's account was "linked to one they had banned". So they banned her (and remote-wiped her Kindle, and erased every e-book she had purchased) with no explanation and no willingness to discuss.
amazon  drm  law  customerservice  via:reddit  evil 
october 2012 by mcherm
EA bans customers from playing own games - Boing Boing
EA bans forum user for forum post and that locks them out of all games they have purchased. This is an example of how DRM goes wrong, even if they fix it later it will still be an example.
drm  via:boingboing 
december 2011 by mcherm
Cutting their own throats - Charlie's Diary
Book publishers insisted in DRM for eBooks. Now that same DRM is helping Amazon to maintain a stranglehold on 80% or more of the eBook market. As eBooks grow, the publishers will face a single customer with no competitors, and it will eventually kill THEM.
amazon  CharlesStross  via:HackerNews  drm  publishing  ebooks 
november 2011 by mcherm
Misuse of 3-D digital lens leaves 2-D movies in the dark - The Boston Globe
3D lenses cut out 1/2 the light (due to polarization). They leave them on for 2D movies (making them too dark) because it's a pain to take the lens off -- and a major reason is because of protections in place for the projectors.
via:boingboing  drm 
may 2011 by mcherm
Apple loses big in DRM ruling: jailbreaks are "fair use"
6 more exemptions are added to the list of allowable reasons to crack security under the DMCA: jailbreaking a phone, using clips from DVDs under fair use in not-for-profit videos, checking whether video game security has security back-doors, working around dongles no longer manufactured, and reading eBooks if no audio version is sold.
law  ip-law  DMCA  copyright  drm  iphone  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
july 2010 by mcherm
Air Force may suffer collateral damage from PS3 firmware update
This is the kind of thing that happens when a company removes a feature from their hardware after releasing it (by sending out an "upgrade" that downgrades it). The air force had networked thousands of PS3s running Linux, then Sony removed the ability to run Linux.
ps3  linux  law  drm  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
may 2010 by mcherm
Turning down Netflix « Nina Paley’s Blog
A movie maker refuses to allow Netflix to stream her movie because she refuses to let them use DRM and they aren't set up to do movies without it.
via:boingboing  copyright  drm 
april 2010 by mcherm
Piracy and the App Store
Publisher of a game on the iPhone App Store measures and finds 80% of users are using pirated verions.
ip-law  copyright  piracy  games  drm  iphone 
october 2009 by mcherm
ASCII by Jason Scott / Blu-Ray Still Blows
A vile review of the Blue-Ray terms and what an independent artist needs to agree to in order to release a movie on blue ray.
drm  via:reddit 
september 2009 by mcherm
Apple Is Growing Rotten To The Core: Official Google Voice App Blocked From App Store
Google Voice application is blocked from being used on iPhones because Apple wants to (to keep profits up for their partner AT&T). This is why you should not plan to own a device where someone else controls what you can run on it.
google  apple  iphone  DRM  at&t  evil  via:slashdot 
july 2009 by mcherm
Amazon's Orwellian deletion of Kindle books - Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow writes an essay about Amazon's deletion of 1984 from the Kindle that makes all the right points.
amazon  kindle  DRM  copyright  law  ip-law  ebooks  books  evil  blogworthy  via:boingboing  CoryDoctorow 
july 2009 by mcherm
Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others - Pogue’s Posts Blog - NYTimes.com
Amazon decided that a book had been incorrectly authorized. So they deleted it off of all Kindles to which it had been sold. (They refunded the money.) This is a MAJOR flaw: the customers retroactively lost a product they had purchased. It's a risk to the consumer. Oh, and it couldn't have happened to a more appropriate book: George Orwell's 1984.
amazon  kindle  DRM  copyright  law  ip-law  ebooks  books  evil  blogworthy  via:HackerNews 
july 2009 by mcherm
Amazon has banned my account - my Kindle is now a (partial) brick. - MobileRead Forums
Amazon cancels someone's account (apparently for no good reason, but that's not the point here) and his Kindle won't work anymore because of their DRM approach. This is what's wrong with DRM.
via:boingboing  DRM  amazon 
april 2009 by mcherm
Cory Doctorow: Authors have lost the plot in Amazon Kindle battle | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Cory Doctorow says that authors should NOT be objecting to a text-to-speech feature, and that instead they should be upset that Amazon apparently has the ability to retroactively downgrade the Kindle.
copyright  DRM  censorship  CoryDoctorow  kindle  amazon 
april 2009 by mcherm
Slashdot | Uproar Over Netflix's New Instant Viewer
Netflix tries out new viewer for their instant viewing. Many people say it's lousy. But Netflix says anyone who tried it can never go back to the old viewer.
netflix  DRM  via:slashdot  slashdot 
march 2009 by mcherm
iTunes Store goes DRM-free | Macworld
Apple will switch to offering non-DRM music at the iTunes store.
via:xkcd  apple  DRM 
january 2009 by mcherm
Selectable Output Control in Make - Boing Boing
Description of the effects on the consumer of the proposed "Selectable Output Control" (broadcasters can restrict their content to only go out over certain connections to protect DRM).
DRM  via:boingboing  hardware 
december 2008 by mcherm
Apple to Mac owners: throw away your monitor if Hollywood says so - Boing Boing
This isn't copyright law, this is movie studios trying to control computer hardware. And Apple is letting them. These videos can now only play on certified monitors and old monitors can be revoked.
DRM  apple  hardware  ip-law  law  copyright  via:boingboing 
november 2008 by mcherm
90% » 2D Boy: I love you, 2D Boy!
The piracy rate for a game with *no* DRM is about 80-90%. The piracy rate for another game *with* DRM is in the same ballpark. If DRM doesn't affect the piracy rate, then perhaps it's not a good idea?
via:slashdot  DRM  piracy  security 
november 2008 by mcherm
xkcd - A Webcomic - Steal This Comic
XKCD comic explaining that you might as well pirate works... if you buy them with DRM then you'll wind up a criminal anyhow when you try moving them to a new medium.
xkcd  comics  DMCA  copyright  DRM  ip-law  law 
october 2008 by mcherm
Lessons from the bloody war on spam | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Insights from the "war on spam" (spam won) that might apply to the attempts to apply DRM to prevent peer-to-peer sharing. By Cory Doctorow.
CoryDoctorow  DRM  spam  security  copyright 
september 2008 by mcherm
Almerica Blog: Podcaster rejeceted because it duplicates iTunes functionality
Apple is blocking applications from the iPhone because they don't like the fact that the applications give away some DRM power. But they're making excuses and pretending it's a different issue.
censorship  DRM  apple  iphone  via:reddit 
september 2008 by mcherm
Cory Doctorow: Filesharing deal will drive swapping underground | Technology | guardian.co.uk
When there's a broad class of copyright usage which is "gonna happen anyway", a blanket license is the only workable solution (sheet music, radio play of songs, etc.). The music industry had their chance and blew it when they sued Napster. Now they're facing an adversary they'll never defeat: the infinite time of teenagers empowered by fancy cryptographic evasion technology.
via:boingboing  CoryDoctorow  p2p  riaa  DRM  napster 
august 2008 by mcherm
Are you the customer?
An interesting thought: Microsoft isn't annoying their customers through DRM and other "control the user" stuff -- because the end user is not their customer! Their customer is the big corporations.
raganwald  Microsoft  ideas  DRM 
may 2008 by mcherm
How Apple is changing DRM | Technology | The Guardian
The music labels insisted on DRM at first, but then that allowed Apple to take a dominant position in music distribution. Scared for their own profit margins, they are now eliminating DRM. Apparently studies show equal profit from non-DRM music.
DRM  apple  via:raganwald 
may 2008 by mcherm
TidBITS Opinion: Digital Rights Misery: When Technology Is Designed to Fail
A nicely written essay on DRM and the coming of mandatory digital TV. One insightful point it made was that the restrictions don't affect the technically savvy since they can work around it.
DRM  via:boingboing 
may 2008 by mcherm
Coding Horror: Supporting DRM-Free Music
Amazon offers DRM-free music cheaper than Apple (because the music labels sell it to them cheaper). The labels are finally killing DRM to protect themselves from a self-reinforcing Apple monopoly on music sales and music players. Good riddance.
DRM  copyright  codinghorror  JeffAtwood  apple  amazon 
may 2008 by mcherm
Why Apple is more expensive than Amazon
Interesting thought: the music labels are conspiring to sell music cheaper to Amazon than Apple because they want to kill Apple's hold on the music market for fear Apple might stop DRM. The flaw is that Apple has DRM and Amazon doesn't.
riaa  DRM  apple  amazon  raganwald  via:raganwald 
may 2008 by mcherm
The day the music died [dive into mark]
A well-written essay that summarizes the problems with DRM'ed music, using Microsoft's decision to disable the PlaysForSure servers as its pivotal illustration. Addressed to the author's father, a non-techie.
DRM  copyright  Microsoft 
may 2008 by mcherm
Microsoft DRM: An Open Letter | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF takes Microsoft to task for turning off their DRM server, thus breaking all music they sold.
via:boingboing  eff  DRM  Microsoft  copyright 
may 2008 by mcherm
Amazon buys Audible, promises to kill DRM if we complain - Boing Boing
Amazon buys Audible.com. Audible always used DRM on their audio books (even if the author doesn't want it); Amazon says they'll continue to do so unless pressed. Sole source of books for Apple's iTunes store.
via:boingboing  amazon  DRM  copyright  ip-law  audible  apple 
february 2008 by mcherm
Sony kills DRM stores -- your DRM music will only last until your next upgrade - Boing Boing
Another case of closing down DRM server. In this case, it means you can never move your music again.
DRM  copyright 
february 2008 by mcherm
DRM Is Dead, But Watermarks Rise From Its Ashes
Music companies are looking at using watermarks now that DRM seems to be giving out.
copyright  DRM 
january 2008 by mcherm
The Laboratorium: Don't Buy That Kindle
"Don't buy the Kindle because it uses DRM."
DRM  amazon  blogentry 
january 2008 by mcherm
Why It Won’t Work
The Rube Goldbergian scheme from Sony to sell non-DRM music.
DRM  funny 
january 2008 by mcherm
Davis Freeberg’s Digital Connection » Bad COPP No Netflix
Let me see if I get this right. He bought a new high-def monitor. Then Netflix streaming movies stopped working. Netflix offered to fix it if he allowed them to delete all DRM'ed content on his disk, including that from all other companies. Microsoft is b
DRM  ip-law  netflix  Microsoft  copyright  via:boingboing  evil  vista 
january 2008 by mcherm
The Joy of Sox: If You Purchased MLB Game Downloads Before 2006, Your Discs/Files Are Now Useless; MLB Has Stolen Your $$$ And Claims "No Refunds"
A better writeup of the case where Major League Baseball removed the keyserver thus breaking all DRM'ed video they had sold. Then they refused to acknowledge the problem and refused to refund people's money.
DRM  security 
november 2007 by mcherm
MLB rips off fans who bought DRM videos - Boing Boing
Company (Major League Baseball) sells DRM'ed content, then turns off the DRM server making it all useless. Refuses to consider offering rebates.
DRM  copyright  ip-law  via:boingboing 
november 2007 by mcherm
heise Security - Comments - The Stamp of Incompetence
German post office misuses DRM in protecting print-it-yourself stamps and thus impedes its usefulness.
security  ip-law  DRM 
september 2007 by mcherm
Boing Boing: Universal goes DRM-free
Cory Doctorow's explanation is that they're afraid that Apple will control the industry ... the only way to sell for the IPod is with no restrictions or with Apple's restrictions.
ip-law  DRM  blogentry 
august 2007 by mcherm
Flickr: The DRM is Like... Pool
Pictures illustrating what DRM is like.
DRM  personal_net 
june 2007 by mcherm
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