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HD-DVD key fiasco is an example of 21st century digital revolt

It's the most circulated number of the week. Sixteen hexadecimal digits that unlock the wonder of most currently released HD-DVD titles from the surly clutches of the AACS revenue content protection system. Sixteen digits that have been posted in so many places -- and in many cases, removed only to be reposted -- that they're hard to avoid. Cory Doctorow's class blog for his USC course, "Pwned:...

Upper management not so keen on DRM, anymore

Is DRM headed the way of the Dodo bird? Depends on who you ask. In a recent survey, performed by Jupiter Research, 62% of European music execs said DRM free music would sell at a quicker pace, and 54% felt current DRM systems were too restrictive. A divide still exists however, as only 48% of major label execs felt DRM was holding back sales, compared with 73% of independent label execs. I forecas...

Google developing DRM for TV content

As soon as we heard yesterday that Google was developing its own paid video download service including content from CBS and the NBA, it was pretty obvious that they'd have to arrange some sort of content protection to appease the sorts of people who still think DRM is something other than moot, i.e. the TV execs. According to Tech Dirt (via the WSJ), rather than going with a third-party solution, ...