October 16, 2016
1201, apollo, Business, Copyfight, drm, Games, happy mutants, Post, shadow warrior 2, Uncategorized, war on general purpose computing
The developers behind the hotly anticipated Shadow Warrior 2 have gone on record explaining why they didn’t add DRM to their new title: they themselves hate DRM, and understand that DRM disproportionately inconveniences legit customers, not pirates who play cracked versions without DRM.
A frequent battle-cry of the copyright maximalist is that “you can’t compete with free.” It’s true that enticing people to …
September 22, 2016
1201, apollo, Copyfight, drm, eff, eme, infosec, Netflix, Post, Security, Uncategorized, W3C, war on general purpose computers
The World Wide Web Consortium has embarked upon an ill-advised project to standardize Digital Rights Management (DRM) for video at the behest of companies like Netflix; in so doing, they are, for the first time, making a standard whose implementations will be covered under anti-circumvention laws like Section 1201 of the DMCA, which makes it a potential felony to reveal defects in products without the …
This is a pretty amazing vacancy: “You will lead Consumer Reports in our effort to realize a market where consumer safety is protected through strong encryption; consumers’ rights to test, repair, and modify their devices are supported by copyright, security, and consumer protection laws; and consumers are empowered to make informed choices about IoT products while being protected by privacy policies regulating the collection, …
August 17, 2016
1201, apollo, Audio, drm, eff, eme, infosec, mp3s, podcasts, Post, Security, spoken word, Uncategorized, W3C, war on general purpose computing
I’m keynoting the O’Reilly Security Conference in New York in Oct/Nov, so I stopped by the O’Reilly Security Podcast (MP3) to explain EFF’s Apollo 1201 project, which aims to kill all the DRM in the world within a decade.
A couple things changed in the last decade. The first is that the kinds of technologies that have access controls for copyrighted works …
August 5, 2016
1201, apollo, Business, Copyfight, drm, eff, ftc, Post, Uncategorized, war on general purpose computing
Today, the EFF and a coalition of organizations and individuals asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to explore fair labeling rules that would require retailers to warn you when the products you buy come locked down by DRM (“Digital Rights Management” or “Digital Restrictions Management”).
These digital locks train your computerized devices to disobey you when you ask them to do …
July 28, 2016
Business, Copyfight, drm, law, patent trolls, patents, Post, quantified self, transit, trolls, Uncategorized
Unified Patents raises money from companies that are the target of patent-trolling and then uses it to challenge the most widely used patents in each of its members’ sectors: now it’s going for the gold.
Unified is challenging three patents at once: Shipping & Transit’s patent on bus-tracking (the basis of 500+ lawsuits, most against cities’ transit authorities); Uniloc’s patent on DRM; and …