Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Jan 2007 23:54 UTC, submitted by Andrzej Ptak
Legal "In the US, France and a few other countries it is already forbidden to play legally purchased music or videos using GNU/Linux media players. Sounds like sci-fi? Unfortunately not. And it won't end up on multimedia only. Welcome to the the new era of DRM!" Update: Norway's consumer ombudsman has ruled that Apple's Fairplay DRM is illegal. This follows the news that France and Germany have sided with Norway.
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more like Vista is doomed.....
by unclefester on Thu 25th Jan 2007 01:15 UTC
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Sorry folks it isn't the RIAA or Hollywood that matters - it is the porn industry. Most porn is made as cheaply as possible using consumer video equipment. When the dudes using bittorrent find they can't play pirated prOn on Vista they will totally shun it. The pormeisters will simply re-encode in a free format and provide a codec download link. Much of the failure of Betamax was due to the anti porn stance of Sony. Porn is low resolution for low bandwith downloads - no need for Bluray or HDTV either.

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More like anything other than Vista is doomed. You're completely reversing the issues here. The content protection in Vista will be necessary to view protected content. Any operating system that doesn't support the content protection schemes won't be able to play protected content, even on a protected hardware output path.

Will the porn industry be quick to adopt HDCP-protected media? I don't know. But I do know that, when it comes to DRM being shoved down our throats, it's always the RIAA or MPAA that matters. Anyone who tells you that Microsoft or Apple paid Big Media loads of cash for the rights to design DRM systems to lock-in their customers is delusional.

DRM is Big Media's ploy to make us pay over and over again for the same content. Microsoft is little more than a means to this end--an important cog in the media distribution systems. The RIAA actually screwed up with iTunes and ended up giving Apple way too much control. But they learned their lesson.

The consumer electronics industry rolled over. The OS vendors rolled over. Congress rolled over. They had to. When your business is delivering media (which is really what government is about), and one lobbying group represents the vast majority of mainstream media, and they set new rules for delivering their content... you do what they say.

I know it is hard to believe that anyone has more power than Microsoft or even the US Government. But in an information economy, the media monopolist rules with an iron fist.

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