Tag Archives: DRM

On Encrypted Video and the Open Web

No one likes DRM as a user, wherever it crops up. It is worth thinking, though, about what it is we do not like about existing DRM-based systems, and how we could possibly build a system which will be a more open, fairer one than the actual systems which we see today. If we, the programmers who design and build Web systems, are going to consider something which could be very onerous in many ways, what can we ask in return?

more on w3.org.

Tim Berners-Lee explains why W3C started the work on a DRM standard for the web.

A hitchhiker’s guide to the HTML5 + EME maze

All of that, however, doesn’t mean that EME (the interface) can’t be implemented in open source: EME, together with the ClearKey CDM that’s part of the specification, should be implementable in Open Source software, without royalty, just fine. It just doesn’t provide the protection that rights holders are after; the real deployment of EME is as an interface toward proprietary CDMs that are implemented in closed source software, and partially in hardware.

Explanation of core concepts in the recent debate about DRM standardization efforts at W3C.

Ian Hickson on DRM

Arguing that DRM doesn’t work is, it turns out, missing the point. DRM is working really well in the video and book space. Sure, the DRM systems have all been broken, but that doesn’t matter to the DRM proponents. Licensed DVD players still enforce the restrictions. Mass market providers can’t create unlicensed DVD players, so they remain a black or gray market curiosity. DRM failed in the music space not because DRM is doomed, but because the content providers sold their digital content without DRM, and thus enabled all kinds of players they didn’t expect (such as "MP3" players). Had CDs been encrypted, iPods would not have been able to read their content, because the content providers would have been able to use their DRM contracts as leverage to prevent it.

Good explanation why DRM will be around for much longer, despite being so hostile to the end users.

This is what irony tastes like

So Capcom senior VP Christian “Sven” Svensson mentioned that Capcom is losing money because the Playstation Network is down. This is especially hard on Capcom, because the phone-home DRM Capcom uses has locked all of their Playstation customers out of their games.

Attack on Sony’s PSN demonstrates how ridiculous and anti-consumer some DRM solutions are.

Music industry will force licenses on Amazon Cloud Player – or else

There are other reasons why the music industry will either push Amazon for new licenses or take the legal route, and their names rhyme with Schmapple and Croogle.

“If Amazon can launch its service with no licenses, then Apple and Google would be fools to get licenses because they’d be at a cost disadvantage,” Robertson said. “If the labels do nothing, they’re basically inviting Google and Apple to follow the same strategy.”

Amazon launch Cloud Drive, new storage service accompanied by a streaming music player called Cloud Player, without settling it with record labels first. Bold move that will have interesting consequences.

Steal This E-Book

et’s say my goal is to sell 10,000 copies of something. And let’s say that if by putting DRM in it I sell 10,000 copies and I make my money, and if by having no DRM 100,000 copies go into circulation and I still sell 10,000 copies. Which of those is the better outcome? I think having 100,000 in circulation and selling 10,000 is way better than having just the 10,000 that are paid for and nobody else benefits.
more on forbes.com

Tim O’Reilly shares his view about DRM. It’s difficult not to like this guy.

False Dichotomy

My government is being pressured by the USA to criminalize ripping a DVD into a file even if the only thing I do with the file is watch the movie at home on exactly the same device that plays a DVD. I can “buy” some movies on iTunes, but not in HD. And they have DRM that restricts moving them from device to device. I have anxiety about DRM, I never know if the DRM servers will be shut down and I’ll be left locked out of my movies, as has happened repeatedly in Entertainment history.

Interesting perspective on movie DRM. I have no arguments to argue with it: legitimate customers are punished for buying original movies (the same with games) while the piracy offers superior user experience (!). Is it only Apple that is capable of solving this problem as it did with music and iTunes?