Simon Willison’s Weblog

15 items tagged “drm”

Apple shows us DRM’s true colors. The EFF reviews the various places that Apple still applies DRM (including locking iPhones to carriers, licensing authentication chips for iPod accessory vendors, preventing OS X from loading on generic PCs) and concludes that “the majority of these DRM efforts do not have even an arguable relation to ’piracy.’” # 18th January 2009, 10:16 am

Convenience Wins, Hubris Loses and Content vs. Context. Fantastic presentation from Ian Rogers, the head of Yahoo! Music, who has spent 8 years watching DRM cripple the online music industry. # 8th October 2007, 9:10 pm

DRM-free MP3 downloads from Amazon. The good: they have what looks like the entire Universal and EMI catalogues in DRM-free 256bit MP3s. The bad: you need a US billing address! So close... # 25th September 2007, 4:30 pm

Amazon guide to ripping your CDs. “Many of our customers have already figured out that one cheap way to get DRM-free MP3 files is to buy them on CD and rip them themselves.” # 21st September 2007, 11:20 pm

By picking up its marbles and going home, Google just demonstrated how completely bizarre and anti-consumer DRM technology can be.

Ken Fisher # 14th August 2007, 12:41 pm

In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video [...] After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.

Google Video e-mail # 11th August 2007, 8:33 am

HBO Exec Wants to Rename DRM. “... until recently nobody had complained that the term ’Digital Rights Management’ was insufficiently Orwellian.” # 11th May 2007, 3:47 pm

There are some ideas that are broken, but attractive enough to some people that they are doomed to be tried again and again. DRM is one of them.

Mark Shuttleworth # 8th April 2007, 6:08 pm

If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store.

Steve Jobs # 7th February 2007, 2:26 am

Thoughts on Music. Steve Jobs comes out against DRM, lays the blame squarely on the big four music companies. # 7th February 2007, 2:25 am

Running the DRM Gauntlet. DRM war stories from the Songbird team. Windows Media and QuickTime both block debuggers in different ways. # 6th February 2007, 12:55 am

AACS: Extracting and Using Keys. Another DRM system bites the dust, this time when it’s only just made it out of the gate. # 10th January 2007, 11:05 pm

A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection (via) Vista’s content protection is a nightmare for hardware manufacturers and consumers alike. It’s far worse than even BoingBoing readers would expect. # 24th December 2006, 10:34 am