Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Aug 2010 18:49 UTC
Internet & Networking Not too long ago Adobe started a "We love Apple" campaign, as a response to Apple's continuous negative remarks about the company. With Flash 10.1 slowly but surely appearing on more and more mobile devices, it seems like the company just doesn't care about it any more. Adobe's CEO Shantanu Narayen has said they've "moved on".
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Why would releasing the Flash source code mean removing DRM?

Actually, the problem is - DRM of this type simply doesn't work. Everything needed to decrypt the file is provided to the client machine. In order to display the video on the screen, it has to be decrypted by the player - and once decrypted, it can simply be streamed to a new file without the encryption (I wouldn't be surprised if this can already be done with existing Flash player software via screen-scraping software, but I haven't investigated whether anyone has attempted to so so). Thus, an open source DRM-enabled flash player would essentially allow anyone to modify it and make a perfect digital rip of DRM-encumbered content.

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