Archive for the ‘DRM’ category

Zune’s Marketing Director’s Nuts!

February 7, 2007

From the NY Times:

Jason Reindorp, marketing director for Zune at Microsoft, said Mr. Jobs’s call for unrestricted music sales was “irresponsible, or at the very least naïve,” adding, “It’s like he’s on top of the mountain making pronouncements, while we’re here on the ground working with the industry to make it happen.”

“He’s certainly a master of the obvious,” Mr. Reindorp said, adding that “the stars were already aligning” to loosen the restrictions.

Is it just me or is Jason Reindorp acting like me trying to tell Tim Berners Lee how the web should have been invented? Yeah, I thought so.

DRM’s Eulogy

February 6, 2007

Mr. Jobs, CEO of Apple has penned DRM’s eulogy in advance. The poison pen has been employed. It will be interesting to see which label folds first.

OR! COULD IT BE THE APPLE (aka Beatles) LABEL IS GOING TO COME ON DRMless!? Would that not be cool. How better to tee this letter up than to tout the coming demise of DRM with one such monster label in your pocket.

DVD Jon Fairplays Apple

October 2, 2006

GigaOM » DVD Jon Fairplays Apple

So, let me get this straight… Jon Lech Johansen (aka DVD Jon) has reverse engineered the FairPlay DRM and has now put some DRM of his own together that works okie dokie on the iPod. Uh huh.

And, how, exactly does this not get him sued?

Or, put more precisely. If Apple can shut the door behind them on DRM once… and with the quick generation of new devices how long do you think they’ll allow competing (if essentially same) DRMs to function on their gear?

Time Warner & Usenet Video

June 27, 2006

There’s a terrific article over at arstechnica about Time Warners’ new move into Usenet video distribution. Pretty cool. Hadn’t ever heard of Guba before today.

While not the Bittorrent news from last week… It’s clear they’re on a tear to figure “it” out. I’m going to remain rock solid in my position – when Apple DOES finally weigh in on feature film distribution they’re going to outstrip anyone else in the space. It’s just a matter of time before the studios HAVE to cut their deals with Cupertino.

I still don’t much like this WMA DRM crap. I’d love to see someone come up with a DRM scheme whereby I ask the service provider for “Matrix: Revolutions” and tell it which DRM I want applied (if any). Then we can all be sufficiently agnostic until time to commit.

DRM, iTunes and The Labels

June 20, 2006

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber made a great post on how the labels are crying foul for something they and Apple knowingly entered into. Good read.