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Posts from — November 2005

BitTorrent and MPAA Reach Agreement

Categories: AgreementsBigMedia v P2P ProvidersiVOD/iTVMilestonesSettlements

BitTorrent and the MPAA reach an agreement under which unlicensed copyright movies will be expeditiously removed from BitTorrent.com's recently launched search engine

Sources: Wired | ZDNet | Reuters | BBC | The Register | Los Angeles Times | Forbes

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Will Unauthorized TiVo-iPod recording tech bring out the lawyers?

Categories: Digital TViVOD/iTVNew Tech

TiVo did not obtain ABC or Apple’s prior-approval for this feature. It could adversely impact ABC’s recent arrangement with Apple to make TV shows available for download to iPods for a fee.

Sources:
ZDNet | Financial Times

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New TiVo Function to Copy TV shows onto iPods and Sony PSP Devices

Categories: Digital TViVOD/iTVNew Tech

TiVo Inc. is expanding its video recording service so users will be able to transfer recorded TV shows onto Apple Computer’s iPods or Sony’s PlayStation Portable.

Sources: Forbes | CED | New York Times | Los Angeles Times | PVR Wire | CNN | ABC News | TVPredictions.com | GameSpot | Joystiq | GamaSutra

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Texas Sues Sony BMG for ‘spyware’ on CDs

Categories: CasesIntrusive TPMs - Rootkits

Texas alleges that the company "surreptitiously" installed spyware on personal computers through music CDs with a copy protection program contrary to Texas Anti-Spyware law.

Sources: Red Herring | Associated Press | Reuters | Business Week | ABC News | Washington Post | Financial Times

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Microsoft and Cablelabs Agree on Cablecard Integration into Windows Media Centre

Categories: Big Media Makes ProgressDigital TVMilestones

Microsoft and CableLabs have announced an agreement to bring CableCard access to the PC, along with the ability to share it with connected devices (like the Xbox 360).

Dale's Comment: This will, of course, only work in jurisdictions where cable providers use cable-card technology in their headends. While required of all major cable companies in the U.S., Canada does not yet (nor will it ever likely) mandate such cable-card compatibility.

Sources: Yahoo! News | HD Beat | PC World | Multichannel News | CED Magazine | Cable Digital News

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TiVo to Conduct Video Download Trial

Categories: iVOD/iTV


After TiVo/Netflix iVoD venture fails due to lack of content owner co-operation, TiVo to conduct first Internet video download trial.

Sources: TiVo  |  PVR Blog

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Sony Folds Tent, Recalls CDs

Categories: Intrusive TPMs - Rootkits

Sony BMG, yielding to consumer concern, said on Wednesday it was recalling music CDs containing copy-protection software that acts like virus software and hides deep inside a computer.

Sources: Wired | MSNBC | CNN | ABC Online | PC Magazine | BBC | New York Times | ZDNet

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UK Inquiry into DRM and the Law

Categories: CopyrightDMCA-like LawsDRM AnalysisInternational Legal ReformNew TechPolicy Analysis

The All Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG) is to hold a public inquiry into the issues surrounding Digital Rights Management (DRM), including the degree of protection needed for both copyright holders and consumers.

Sources:
The Register | APIG

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Big Media’s Recent iMedia Efforts

Categories: Big Media Makes Progress


In the first 15 minutes of this podcast, the Engadget guys discuss the latest NBC/DirecTV and CBS/Comcast interactive media initiatives.

Source: Click Here to Listen to the Podcast

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Sony Denies PS3 single-machine DRM

Categories: DRM as Market LockDRM Restricting Use

Based on a recently secured Sony patent, there has been much speculation that Sony would use DRM technology to make PS3 games playable on only one console – thus eliminating game rentals as a possibility. Today Sony officially denied this.

Sources: BoomTown.net  |  PS3 Today  |  MaxPS3.dcom  |  joystiq

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Fallout from Sony CD Flap Getting Worse

Categories: Intrusive TPMs - Rootkits

Music Industry’s New Piracy Crackdown

Categories: BigMedia v. P2P Users

The IFPI has launched 2,100 new legal cases in Europe, Asia and South America.

Source: ZDNet – Reuters

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Digital Rights Mismanagement

Categories: AntitrustDRM AnalysisDRM as Market LockPolicy Analysis

How Apple, Microsoft, and Sony cash in on piracy prevention by using it as an anti-competitive, anti-consumer means to lock customers in. All the while, a threat of legal sanctions hang over anyone wanting to break, or anyone willing to assist them in breaking, those locks to move their ‘purchased’ content to a competitive platform or service.

Source:
Slate.com

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Sony Bows to Pressure and Abandons DRM Rootkit Technology

Categories: Intrusive TPMs - Rootkits

Stung by continuing criticism, the world’s second-largest music label, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, promised Friday to temporarily suspend making music CDs with anti-piracy technology that can leave computers vulnerable to hackers.

Sources: MSNBC | engadget | Financial Times | Forbes | USA Today | San Jose Mercury News | CNET | CBS News

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Sony Faces Class Action Law Suit over Rootkit DRM

Categories: Intrusive TPMs - Rootkits

The suit claims that around June 2005, Sony BMG began to issue some CDs that install digital rights management software that continuously monitor for rights problems, depleting a computer's available resources … the technology cannot be removed without damage to the system and that Sony BMG does not advise consumers of the existence or true nature of the program.

Sources: Red Herring | Wired

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RIAA Lobbies Congress Again – This time to Limit Digital Radio Recordings

Categories: LobbyingSatellite Radio

RIAA lobbies for a new “HD Radio Content Protection Act“. It would require device makers to implement “functionality” to automatically delete your recordings after a certain amount of time.

Sources: Engadget  |  Twice

Related Story: Sirius and XM in Hot Water for Recording Capability

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Korean Soribada P2P Site Shut Down After Court Verdict

Categories: BigMedia v P2P ProvidersInjunctionsPolice Actions

A Korean, P2P Network, Soribada, was shut down after its Central District Court to enjoined the service at the behest of the Korean Association of Phonogram Producers (KAPP — the equivalent of the RIAA in the US). A lower Korean court had previously cleared Soribada of wrongdoing.

Sources: DRM Watch | Chosun | The Register | afterdawn.com

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Grokster Shuttered in Court Settlement

Categories: BigMedia v P2P ProvidersInjunctionsSettlements

TV on Demand From NBC, CBS — But Not For iPod

Categories: iVOD/iTV

NBC and CBS unveiled separate plans on Monday to make some of their hottest prime-time shows available for viewers to watch at their leisure — without commercials — for 99 cents an episode, throwing open the door to “on-demand” television.

Sources: Reuters | Wired

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RIAA Lobbies Congressional Action to Address ‘Inequities’ in Digital Radio Marketplace

Categories: LobbyingSatellite Radio

Sony Caught using Rootkit DRM

Categories: DRM Restricting UseIntrusive TPMs - Rootkits

Sony is criticized for including root-kit software as part of its CD copy protection. Root kit software is installed on your computer without your knowledge. Root-kit software often causes system problems. No tools to uninstall are provided by Sony. RootkitRevealer can be used to detect and remove it

Sources:
Washington Post | The Inquirer | Security Now Podcast

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FCC Modifies Digital Tuner Requirements to Advance DTV Transition

Categories: Digital TVFCC

Text of Second Report and Order
Text of FCC Press Release
The FCC amended its rules to move the date on which all TV receivers must include the capability to receive digital television signals forward four months to March 1, 2007 and to apply the tuner requirement to all television receivers, regardless of their size.

Source: DTV Design Line

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RIAA v. The People

Categories: BigMedia v. P2P UsersPolicy Analysis

PDF: RIAA v. The People
It’s been two years since the RIAA started suing music fans who share songs online. Thousands of Americans have been hit by lawsuits, but both peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and the litigation continue unabated.

Source: EFF

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