Sunday, March 23, 2008

Round One of the DRM War......

Round One
Of the DRM War
Has Started....

As any one who has read my blog over the last several months know I have very definite ideas about the upcoming digital transition, and more importantly issues surrounding it, i.e. DRM and the consumers right to play what they want when, and on what they want. The first salvo of the DRM war against High Definition media owners vrs the consumers was fired earlier this year when a hacker was able to find the AACS Code the encrypted the title and locked the High Definition Disc. This was posted and eventually made its way to the website, where it was posted. soon received a cease and Desist order requesting they take down the code and any post related to it. However, there was a revolt and very soon after it was remover it was put back up in many different forms by thousands of readers, The folks at Digg finely relented and let the post stay up.

The bigger picture is that while the Media companies and studios will try to limit how consumers use their media, forcing people to find workarounds to to what they've always done before, which was well with the preview of "Fair Use" I have seen reports of some rather nasty ideas floated using hardware embedded
software that "phones home" and alerts the powers that be what your doing if your playing a DVD that not quite legit they will know and may do anything from shutting down the machine either later next time you try to play that disc, or right then and there, or filling a report to someone who can make your life miserable for months after.

it was just brought to my attention that Direct tv, has put a 24hour cap on letting folk view a per per view movie, that include items you've started watching and haven't finished, once the 24 hrs was up it disappeared, and if you want to see it again you have to pay again. Heres the link;

The encryption code used in Blu-ray HD DVD is called AACS code its a encryption used for content distribution and digital rights management for dvd, I foresee other uses for it, none of them good..

Here are two Links to information about AACS Code;

Also related to the AACS Code the page detailing the crack to the DRM on the HD DVDS:

Heres a link to the DIGG Story about their taking down the code and putting it back up again.

Also heres a link to a page on the HBO Site I found this morning;
This explain their position on recording show off their networks;

I don't think most people realize how their rights as consumers are being slowly eroded and what we have taken for granted as rights granted to us back in the 1970's with the advent of VCRS , and a supreme courts decision that vcrs did not violate copyrights or tv produces as long as the tapes were made for personal use. its called "Fair Use" What is needed for people to call and email and write their local congress people and let them know they are against DRM and crippling DRM in particular.As far I'm concerned that fair use law extends to CD's DVD, HD DVDs and any other media, as long as I make copies for my own personal use they have no right to limit my ability to record or archive any media.


Ollie said...

I always hope that the hackers will be able to give us our historic consumer rights back. This makes the purchasing of hardware - that will accept the modifications - very important.

I think the future battles will be Hardware Vendors vs. Entertainment Industry, where Hardware Manufacturers are screaming, "Why are our Customer Service folks wasting all their time on DRM issues? Why are our sales plummeting while Entertainment Moguls claim to be making higher profits?"

SONY - which owns all sides of this equation - has already won a huge battle with their patented BluRay which forces all other companies to pay them a BluRay license fee.

Toshiba and Consumers have lost this big battle.

Brent said...

Tivo & Amazon's collaboration via unbox movie rental also limits the amount of time to view a movie rented (30 days) and 24 hours once you start the movie.