Tag: drm

  • Google strong-arms indie musicians into accepting brutal, crowdfunding-killing deal for streaming service

    [A strong but honest headline about Googe’s new bullshit:][link] >* Participation in the new service requires that your entire catalog be available for streaming, at high resolution. > >* Participation requires that you not release your music elsewhere earlier, e.g., no early releases for fans or backers. > >* You no longer get a choice…

  • W3C green-lights adding DRM to the Web’s standards

    [This is pretty close to the worst possible thing they could’ve done:][link] >Here’s the bad news: the World Wide Web Consortium is going ahead with its plan to add DRM to HTML5, setting the stage for browsers that are designed to disobey their owners and to keep secrets from them so they can’t be forced…

  • Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards

    [The EFF is on the right side of this one, if there was any doubt:][link] >All too often, technology companies have raced against each other to build restrictive tangleware that suits Hollywood’s whims, selling out their users in the process. But open Web standards are an antidote to that dynamic, and it would be a…

  • Compiled list of suggestions and bug reports to report to Maxis for SimCity

    [A Reddit mega-thread on what appears to be a really broken game][link], and not just [the DRM][drm]. [link]: http://www.reddit.com/r/SimCity/comments/1a0taq/compiled_list_of_suggestions_and_bug_reports_to/ “Compiled list of suggestions and bug reports to report to Maxis for SimCity. : SimCity” [drm]: http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/03/simcity-outage/ “SimCity Outrage over always-on DRM”

  • Louis CK: Live at the Beacon Theater

    Louis C.K. is one of the best, hardest-working, comedians alive right now. [His new hour-long show is a $5, DRM-free (!), download from his website][link]. Support. [link]: https://buy.louisck.net/ “Louis CK: Live at the Beacon Theater”

  • Aspyr Thinks This Is A Totally Reasonable Way To Treat Paying Customers

    Aspyr, who are publishing the Mac OS X port of Civilization 5, [have a page linked in their primary navigation for their store entitled “About DRM”. The contents are remarkable for how not-a-big-deal it is written][link]: >Customers may download the game up to 10 times. This includes if you mess up and “re-download.” If you…

  • U.S. Copyright Office Declares Some Forms of DRM Circumvention Legal

    [This is good news][link], and a big step in getting consumers rights back over the things they own. [Here is the full ruling][full] (via Gruber). [Ars Technica has a more non-lawyer-friendly rundown of the changes][ars]. [full]: http://www.copyright.gov/1201/ “U.S. Copyright Office – Anticircumvention Rulemaking” [link]: http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2010/07/26 “EFF Press Release” [ars]: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/07/apple-loses-big-in-drm-ruling-jailbreaks-are-fair-use.ars “Apple loses big in DRM…

  • Turning down Netflix

    [Netflix refuses copyright holder’s request to stream her film without DRM][link]. Nina Paley (the filmmaker) owns the film outright. There are no rights issues whatsoever. I believe the issue here is related to this culture we have where we assume everyone is a criminal. It’s actually *more work* for Netflix to let people watch a…

  • iPad (Supposedly) Jailbroken

    [Less than 24 hours after the product launch][link]. The jailbreak isn’t in the wild, yet, but here’s something I’ve been wondering: How much do you think Apple spends patching Jailbreakable security holes? Obviously, *most* problems that they fix are general security fixes. The Jailbreaks go in through the same vectors as malicious code might, and…

  • Why DRM Doesn’t Work

    [22 simple steps to borrowing an audio book from a public library][link]. [link]: http://www.bradcolbow.com/archive.php/?p=205 “The Brads – a comic about web design » The Brads – Why DRM Doesn’t Work”

  • Tal Leming on Embedded Web Fonts

    A rare take on embedded web fonts from someone who actually makes fonts and sells them for a living. He suggests a DRM system using a “root table” that says what fonts can be used on what domains, but then says this: >There is nothing that can be done about this. All we can do…