Category: DRM

The New DMCA Anti-Circumvention Exemptions are here!

While not as exciting as the new phone books, the Copyright Office released its latest rulemaking on exemptions to the DMCA prohibition on circumventing technological protection measures of copyrighted works: Rulemaking on Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works. The current exemptions include: Short clips from DVD’s “when circumvention is accomplished solely in… Read more →

Apple and EMI go DRM-free

Apple Unveils Higher Quality DRM-Free Music on the iTunes Store: “DRM-free tracks from EMI will be offered at higher quality 256 kbps AAC encoding, resulting in audio quality indistinguishable from the original recording, for just $1.29 per song.” This allows the labels to go above the $0.99 price point, and Apple to give customers a justification to spend more per… Read more →

More on Jobs on DRM

The RIAA released a statement in response to Jobs’ open letter, available at Jon Healey’s Bit Player blog at the LA Times: “Apple’s offer to license Fairplay to other technology companies is a welcome breakthrough and would be a real victory for fans, artists and labels. There have been many services seeking a license to the Apple DRM. This would… Read more →

Apple, DRM and Digital Distribution

A few European countries, including Norway, Germany, and France, are considering requiring Apple, Inc. to make the songs sold on the iTunes store playable on music players from other manufacturers. ARS Technica reports: iTunes DRM called out by France and Germany: “Apple is being challenged once again to open up its DRM by consumer groups in Europe. This time, Germany… Read more →

DRM and Copyright’s fuzzy bounds

Last week, Wendy Seltzer (Brooklyn Law) and Fritz Attaway (MPAA) debate DRM at the WSJ: ‘DRM’ Protects Downloads, But Does It Stifle Innovation?. The difference in opinions is about how end users relate to copyrightable works. The strong copyright/pro-DRM view is that once is a work is fixed, it is inviolably fixed in that particular arrangement unless the copyright owner… Read more →

Assorted Reading

Privacy and Anonymity Kevin F. Berry, Law.com: How to Unmask an Anonymous Blogger: “When does it make sense to spend the time and expense necessary to determine the identity of an anonymous blogger who is damaging the company?” New York Times: The Theater of the Street, the Subject of the Photograph: “The suit was dismissed last month by a New… Read more →

IPTelligentsia Podcast: Satisfying the 21st Century Consumer (Part 2/2)

Last week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held hearings on Digital Content and Enabling Technology: Satisfying the 21st Century Consumer. This is the second half of the podcast about these hearings, focusing in on fair use, DRM/TPM and anti-circumvention. IPTelligentsia Podcast: Satisfying the 21st Century Consumer (Part 2/2) (24:14, 22MB MP3).… Read more →

Fun with DRM

Barry Ritzholtz bought a My Morning Jacket CD and was dismayed to find that it contained a DRM program that prevented him from shifting it onto his iPod with his Windows computer. He looked a little further and found that the DRM is merely a way to annoy music fans who use iTunes and iPod: The Big Picture: DRM Crippled… Read more →

Why Hasn’t TiVo Improved?

Are aggressive copyright owners stifling innovation in media technology? Ed Felten argues that TiVo has eschewed innovation in an effort to placate media companies. Why Hasn’t TiVo Improved? “TiVo made a decision, early on, to cozy up to the TV networks, to stay within their comfort zone. But the networks’ comfort zone is awfully confining. ReplayTV took a different path,… Read more →