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[News] Is Sony Ditching DRM Too? Meanwhile, Microsoft Spreads the DRM Infection.

  • Subject: [News] Is Sony Ditching DRM Too? Meanwhile, Microsoft Spreads the DRM Infection.
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2007 15:41:26 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Sony Launches Video Walkmans 

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| The third is new feature-packed tiny thumbdrive-like music Walkman with a LCD 
| display. Also all their players now require NO DRM! 


Sony ditches ATRAC, will close Sony Connect


Microsoft goes the other way (it needs platform lock-in).

Microsoft third-party licensing and activation server set to RTM

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| In July, Microsoft announced its intentions to deliver a number of licensing 
| technologies to third-party vendors interesting in deploying Microsoft-like 
| activation and licensing in their products.  



Microsoft: We Like DRM

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| Steve Jobs wants the music business to drop restrictions for digital
| tunes. But Microsoft, which began competing head to head with Apple
| in the digital music business last fall, is happy with the way things
| are, says media exec Robbie Bach.


Bird Song: A requiem for DRM

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| DRMs are often designed by ambitious, well-funded consortia, with top-notch 
| engineers from every corner of the industry. They spend millions. They take 
| years. They are defeated in days, for pennies, by hobbyists.  
| - Cory Doctorow, Guardian Unlimited
|   Tuesday, July 31, 2007 
| Sure, it’s probably too early to dance on the grave of Digital Rights 
| Management (DRM), but we can certainly continue pounding nails in its coffin 
| after Wal-Mart drove a stake through its heart this week.  


BBC's iPlayer's Prospects Looking Bleak

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| "The future of iPlayer, the BBC's new online on-demand system for delivering 
| content, is continuing to look bleaker. With ISPs threatening to throttle the 
| content delivered through the iPlayer, consumers petitioning the UK 
| government and the BBC to drop the DRM and Microsoft-only technology, and 
| threatened legal action from the OSC, the last thing the BBC wanted to see 
| today was street protests at their office and at the BBC Media Complex 
| accompanied by a report issued by DefectiveByDesign about their association 
| with Microsoft."       


Paramount: DRM may not (at least right now) please consumers

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| "Interoperability (presents) an impediment to digital distribution," he said 
| during remarks at the Progress and Freedom Foundation's Aspen Summit. "I'm 
| pretty confident that in the end solutions will be found. It's just a 
| question of how much heat and pressure we feel before we see the light."   


World's largest music retailer ditches DRM, not censorship

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| DRM isn't yet dead in the music business, but it has a nasty, hacking cough. 


Music DRM in critical condition: Universal tests DRM free music sales

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| Universal Music Group has announced that the company is going to test selling 
| DRM-free music to consumers in order to assess the market. 


AmieStreet.com Announces Series A Financing Led By Amazon.com

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| Anyone can upload their music to AmieStreet.com, and all songs are 
| downloadable in DRM-free mp3 format. 


Losses widen at Warner

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| Big-selling albums by Linkin Park and the White Stripes were not enough to 
| prevent widening losses at Warner Music, which suffered a drop in income as 
| fans shifted from compact discs to digital downloads.  


EMI pays price for not moving with the times 

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| In regards to EMI's recent joint venture with iTunes which offers DRM-free 
| downloads the group found that "early revenue indications for this initiative 
| are encouraging," according to breitbart.com.  


EMI has DRM free sales boom 

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| Since EMI ditched the DRM on iTunes it has seen sales of Pink Floyd's Dark 
| Side of the Moon increase by between 272 and 350 percent.


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