Archive for the ‘drm’ Category

Job’s Thoughts on DRM

February 6, 2007

Interesting posting about DRM and music by Steve Jobs today. While I agree with much of what he says, I’m not so sure about:

“Perhaps those unhappy with the current situation should redirect their energies towards persuading the music companies to sell their music DRM-free.”

Coming from the principal of a company that controls 80 odd percent of the personal digital music player market, it seems like he himself is indeed situated in a good spot to exert pressure on the big four music companies.

About the DRM-free alternative, he writes:

“This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat. “

He clearly forgot the ending to that statement: ‘… if we weren’t making millions with the status quo.’.

His posting is almost successful at putting Apple onside with DRM-free music (and against DRM) but then ends up putting the onus on everybody else to somehow exert pressure.

Why don’t we exert the pressure on ALL OF THEM by supporting things like Creative Commons and Magnatune instead.

Vista DRM – Educate Yourself

February 1, 2007

Sticking to the Vista-ish nature of a few previous posts, here’s a link to New Zealand Computer Science researcher Peter Gutmann’s paper “A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection”. It spells out in great detail the potentially crippling nature of Vista’s DRM system.

While this is potentially good news for the Linux community (the more Vista sucks, the better for us – at least on the face of it), the section on the potential elimination of open-source hardware support is very worrying.

In any case, if you’re at all into finding out what DRM limitations are present in the newest version of Windows, you should give it a read.