DRM

  • Music Industry: "We is poopid!"

    Music Industry: "We is poopid!"

    Doug Morris over at Universal Music Group has a hard job — he has to sell dying media to plugged-in consumers. For a hundred years, recorded music has come on platters of plastic called “discs” or “records.” You used to be able to sell those discs at a considerable mark-up in order to fund artists’ cocaine habits and to ensure that music company CEOs can… Read More

  • DRM hurts retailers sez nice British lady

    DRM hurts retailers sez nice British lady

    Kim Bayley, director-general of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), is warning that DRM is “stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Wait a sec, Kim. Say that again. “DRM is stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Come on over here. Give us a little kiss. Amen, sister. Basically she’s saying what we’re… Read More

  • DRM to kick the can by next summer?

    DRM to kick the can by next summer?

    Say what you will about DRM. It was there for a reason and now the walls are slowly beginning to crumble. EMI has started the movement and the other labels are sure to follow. DRM hurt sales and everyone knows it. According to British retailer 7Digital, DRM-free sales have outnumbered DRM shackled music 4:1. But this isn’t to say that this is the sole reason for declining revenue in… Read More

  • Want to work for the MPAA? Send them an email

    Want to work for the MPAA? Send them an email

    Are you an out-of-work hacker angry at the world/some guy from TorrentSpy who wouldn’t let you do some ridiculous ad thing? Want to make over $4,999? Then send the MPAA an email. They’ll pay you $5,000 for secret information about TorrentSpy (Hacker: “They use PHP and Apache.” Hollywood: “Is that special code for stealing movies?” Hacker: “Yes.”). Read More

  • Apple lowers iTunes Plus price

    Apple lowers iTunes Plus price

    Get your music off iTunes but often opt for the DRM-laden versions due to the cheaper price of $.99? Worry no more, friend. Apple has officially lowered the price of iTunes Plus tracks to 99-cents, down from $1.29. The move comes as competitors like Universal and Amazon.com have started offering DRM-free alternatives to iTunes. Now that DRM-free tunes are cheaper, will you seek them out in bulk? Read More

  • Will DRM-free music lead to DRM-free games?

    Will DRM-free music lead to DRM-free games?

    GigaOM asks: is this Radiohead experiment going to change how things work, or is it a symptom of things changing? It’s not a philosophical question: something’s going on, as it’s been incredibly successful and shown that it can be done. But the real question is: can this lesson be applied to video games? In Rainbows, coupled with iTunes dropping DRM-free music down to $.99… Read More

  • RIAA appeal focuses on settlement

    RIAA appeal focuses on settlement


    My name is Judge Last week, Jammie Thomas was found guilty of copyright infringement and was ordered to pay $222,000 in fines for sharing MP3s. As a mother and working class citizen like most of us, she most likely cannot afford to pay such a ridiculous amount of money. So, she’s using our justice system to fight back; this time, with an appeal. Thomas argues that the amount of… Read More

  • Live Free, Die Hard and Pirate Well

    Live Free, Die Hard and Pirate Well

    In an unprecedented move by 20th Century Fox, the DVD version of “Live Free or Die Hard” will contain a copy of the movie as a digital file (AVI, MPG perhaps?) that can be played back on a computer or select PMPs. Sure to please Pirates, I know I’m excited to hear about this. Even if there is copy-protection, you can use screen capture software like Snapz Pro X if you want… Read More

  • DRM-free music could signal the end for paid 'celestial jukeboxes'

    DRM-free music could signal the end for paid 'celestial jukeboxes'

    Breaking news, guys. Like, b-r-e-a-k-i-n-g. You may have heard about that stunt Radiohead pulled last week, giving away their music for whatever you feel it’s worth. Well now the pundits are out and have declared DRM dead. Or something! But seriously, this Wired column opines that, now with DRM-free music everywhere it’s likely that music subscription services will be the victim. Read More

  • Other UK bands to copy Radiohead

    Other UK bands to copy Radiohead

    Not musically, but how they’ll go about selling their upcoming albums. Brit rockers Oasis and funkadelic party-machine Jamiroquai are slated to release their forthcoming albums directly to their fans on a “pay as you wish” system. The move comes after fellow UK musicians Radiohead used the same tactic to sell “In Rainbows”, which was released today, to fans. As… Read More

  • Don't overreact to AmazonMP3's tough-sounding user agreement

    Don't overreact to AmazonMP3's tough-sounding user agreement

    Holy smokes. I was gonna belittle this guy’s column on how users of AmazonMP3 should be wetting their pants. Then I reread it, realizing that I had completely missed the point. Reading the user agreement for AmazonMP3, you’ll notice the legalese is more harsh than, say, iTunes’, as it relates to copying the music and fair use. Amazon’s says, essentially, if we… Read More

  • BD+ copy protection makes "Fantastic Four" unplayable on certain Blu-ray players

    BD+ copy protection makes "Fantastic Four" unplayable on certain Blu-ray players

    The new BD+ copy protection found on “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” and “The Day After Tomorrow” seems to be screwing up playback on a couple Blu-ray players, including those made by Samsung and LG. Users are reporting that the Samsung BDP-1200 and LG BH100 straight up refuse to play the discs and that the Samsung BDP-1000 is having a hard time playing… Read More

  • Microsoft to offer DRM-free music this November

    Microsoft to offer DRM-free music this November

    Microsoft is planning a revamp of the Zune Marketplace this November which will include about a million DRM-free music tracks out of it’s 3-million track catalogue. That’s a good sign because it’s hopefully showing that the tide is shifting, albeit slowly, away from digital rights management altogether. It’s unknown whether Microsoft will charge a premium for the… Read More

  • Apples and Amazons: Fun Facts And Pretentious Bands

    Apples and Amazons: Fun Facts And Pretentious Bands


    Would you rather see boring company logos, or literal nonsense? AmazonMP3 has the potential to not suck, which, knowing all the non-iTunes pay-to-download services, could be a first. It works on any OS, all MP3s are DRM-free (and encoded at a decent 256kbps) and music is available from artists you’d actually hear on the radio—actually, that may be a negative. Support a few… Read More

  • Napster and Motorola Enter Agreement

    Napster and Motorola Enter Agreement

    Are we seeing an effort from Motorola to take on the upcoming iPhone? The Napster on demand music subscription service will soon be heading to mobile phones according to PhoneContent.com. The site is reporting that Napster and Motorola have announced a marketing agreement that will provide easy access to Napster’s music library and other content through Motorola’s line of… Read More

  • SNOCAP Announces Alliances with Major Labels

    SNOCAP Announces Alliances with Major Labels

    Back in September we reported that MySpace had begun allowing artists to sell music directly using SNOCAP MyStores. The service utilizes MP3s without DRM of any kind. Due to the DRM-free format, was unclear at the time whether or not MySpace and SNOCAP would strike a deal with any major labels, as they typically prefer to keep their tracks closer to the chest. All of that changed today… Read More