DRM

  • Mozilla Relents, Says It Will Implement HTML5 DRM Solution In Firefox

    Mozilla Relents, Says It Will Implement HTML5 DRM Solution In Firefox

    Mozilla today announced that it will reluctantly implement the HTML5 DRM standard in its Firefox browser. With more and more copyrighted content being streamed over the Internet, rights holders have long been worried that there is no standardized way to wrap a DRM solution around these streams in HTML5 without resorting to using Flash or Silverlight. A while ago, Microsoft and Google decided… Read More

  • This Lego Robot Strips Kindle DRM One Page Turn At A Time

    This Lego Robot Strips Kindle DRM One Page Turn At A Time

    In another episode of “Sticking It To The Man Through Lego” we present a spider that manually clicks through the pages of a Kindle book and then signals a computer to take a picture of the e-ink screen, perform some OCR, and spit out a completely DRM-free copy of the text. In short, it’s a sort of intelligent photocopier that is, in theory, completely legal. Read More

  • Microsoft Heeds Gamer Feedback, Dumps Xbox One DRM Restrictions

    Microsoft Heeds Gamer Feedback, Dumps Xbox One DRM Restrictions

    Attention gamers: you win. The folks at Redmond infuriated many when it revealed that the Xbox One would come with a long list of potential caveats — there was the automated 24 hour check-in to keep the console in playable condition, and the restrictions on who you could share disc-based games with, not to mention the fact that it would shipped region-locked. Unsurprisingly, the… Read More

  • Is An Always-On Xbox Indefensible Or Is Taking To Twitter Just The Wrong Way To Defend It?

    Is An Always-On Xbox Indefensible Or Is Taking To Twitter Just The Wrong Way To Defend It?

    After a very public defense of rumors about the next Xbox’s always-on Internet requirements, a new report claims that Microsoft creative director Adam Orth is no longer with the company. In a series of Twitter posts, Orth defended the move by countering that “every device” is now constantly connected, and then delivered a low-blow when someone responded suggesting… Read More

  • SimCity Could Potentially Work Offline, Modder Shows With New Hack

    SimCity Could Potentially Work Offline, Modder Shows With New Hack

    SimCity is getting a lot of flack from players and consumers about its policy of requiring that they remain connected to EA’s servers to enjoy the game, even when playing in single-player mode. Maxis General Manager Lucy Bradshaw has indicated that SimCity actually requires the online connection, since it does a lot of important calculations on remote servers. But now a modder called… Read More

  • EA Apologizes For SimCity Disaster, Says It Was “Dumb” And Offers Free Game To Players

    EA Apologizes For SimCity Disaster, Says It Was “Dumb” And Offers Free Game To Players

    Electronic Arts’ SimCity was easily the most anticipated game of the season, but its launch was an unmitigated disaster because the DRM solution Electronic Arts and Maxis dreamt up means users have to always be online if they want to play. Sadly, EA’s servers weren’t up to the task and most players were either unable to connect or got kicked out of the game after a while. Read More

  • FairPlay DRM May Be To Blame For Widespread iOS & Mac App Crashes

    FairPlay DRM May Be To Blame For Widespread iOS & Mac App Crashes

    Developers are frustrated over what appears to be an issue with corrupt app store binaries being served by Apple, which is leading otherwise functional iOS and Mac applications to immediately crash upon launch. The issue was tipped to us by app developers and has also been making the rounds thanks to details shared by high-profile app developer Marco Arment of Instapaper. Read More

  • Good DRM Makes Bad Neighbors: This Is The Content Protection Tipping Point

    Good DRM Makes Bad Neighbors: This Is The Content Protection Tipping Point

    For people who have been doing just one thing for a long, long time, it’s amazing how many content distributors get things so catastrophically wrong. These last few weeks brought us quite a few unique situations, including the launch of Apple’s iBook Author software as well as a number of announcements from the studios to withhold streaming rights for Netflix viewers. Cory… Read More

  • An Interview With DECE/UltraViolet President Mitch Singer Goes Horribly Right

    An Interview With DECE/UltraViolet President Mitch Singer Goes Horribly Right

    Our readers are probably familiar in passing with UltraViolet, a new content rights management system that is supposed to unify the rights architecture on the web, allowing cross-platform sharing and authentication of movies and TV. But for such a major effort by so many device makers and content producers, very little has been heard or said about it. Probably because it’s still in… Read More

  • DRM-Curious? You Can Create An UltraViolet Account Now

    DRM-Curious? You Can Create An UltraViolet Account Now

    You may remember the “one DRM to rule them all” we heard about last year, UltraViolet. It’s essentially a DRM scheme that all the heavy hitters are getting behind, from device makers to content creators to distributors. Everyone, that is, except for one 800-pound media gorilla: Apple. The last we heard of it was over a year ago, with nary a peep since then except the odd… Read More

  • The Witcher 2 Devs: DRM Does Nothing But Drive People To Piracy

    The next big PC game will be The Witcher 2, which should be released on May 12 (and if you’re cool like me you will have already pre-ordered). Unlike a certain other big RPG this year, it actually looks like it was developed within the past few years. If you order it from Good Old Games (the company behind GoG, CD Projekt, also developed the game) it will be completely DRM-free. That is… Read More

  • Good For Them: Halifax Library Refuses To Carry DRM-Limited HarperCollins E-Books

    You might have heard by now of the senseless idea of HarperCollins’s that their e-books should only be able to be lent 26 times by libraries before “expiring.” Not the smartest PR move I’ve seen. But I’d just like to congratulate Halifax’s public library system for opting not to acquire any of these restricted titles for their collection. Many other… Read More

  • Ubisoft Caught Using Pirated Material In PC Version Of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

    Ubisoft consistently brings the funny. The publisher will release the PC version Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, also known as Assassin’s Creed II 2, next week. The “deluxe” edition edition of the game contains an mp3 version of the soundtrack. So far, so good. Ubisoft has made the “deluxe” items available to download for people who’ve pre-ordered the… Read More

  • EA Includes SecuROM DRM In Dragon Age II Without Telling Anyone, Bans Player For Making Critical Remark

    Did EA ship the PC version of Dragon Age II with SecuROM DRM without telling anyone? It certainly looks that way. Reclaim Your Game’s analysis of the DVD (ie non-Steam) version of the PC game found that it does, in fact, contain SecurROM, and despite the fact that EA has a 28-page (!) EULA nowhere in there—nor anywhere else—is SecuROM mentioned. Furthermore, once installed… Read More

  • Good Old Games: Lack Of DRM Makes Acquiring Games Quite Difficult

    You really ought to take a few mounts of your day to check out Adventure Classic Gaming’s interview with the folks behind Good Old Games, the online service that lets people download and play classic games, and completely without DRM. And what do you know, their selling of DRM-free games hasn’t caused the planet to explode (but it is sometimes hard to convince publishers to sign up). Read More

  • Valve's Steam Guard: Protecting Your Account From Evildoers Since 2011

    Valve has officially announced Steam Guard, which is a new form “user rights management” in the words of Gabe Newell. There were all sorts of rumors about it yesterday, but now that Valve has made the official announcement it’s safe there’s no real reason to panic. The service is more about keeping your Steam account secure and out of the hands of evildoers than it is… Read More

  • In Praise Of Piracy

    I’ve had to think a lot about digital rights management lately. Not that I wanted to. But I recently did some eye-opening contract software development for a DRM-heavy media app, just as our government up here in the Great White North introduced a new and extremely DRM-friendly copyright law, and links to Don’t Make Me Steal started popping up all over the Internet. You… Read More

  • New Bionic Commando On PSN Won’t Let You Play Offline


    This is really too bad; I was looking forward to this game, despite the unpardonable offense of getting jumping in my Bionic Commando. It turns out that Rearmed 2 has DRM that, like a few other games we’ve seen, prevents you from playing when you’re offline. Like, for instance, if there was a blizzard and your internet was down. Or you have metered internet and turn it off. Or… Read More

  • Was HDCP Just Cracked?

    Potentially big news here with respect to DRM, our rights, donuts, etc. Supposedly the HDCP master key has been released. Effectively, that means the copy protection found in your HDMI connection (which prevents you from easily copying anything going through that HDMI connection, including Blu-ray discs, over-the-air HDTV broadcasts, and so on) has been cracked. Maybe—things are still… Read More

  • DLC Is Here To Stay: 20 Million Call Of Duty Map Packs Sold


    If anyone wants to know where to find me, I’ll be in my cave, banging two rocks together. That seems to be the only place for me, since I can’t seem to wrap my head around DLC as a good thing — yet millions have decided to shell out, just recently passing the 20,000,000 sold mark for the Call Of Duty franchise. Congratulations all around, I guess, as they have clearly put out… Read More

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