Drm Archive

  • Blizzard: DRM is a waste of everyone’s time

    Blizzard: DRM is a waste of everyone’s time

    "We need our development teams focused on content and cool features, not anti-piracy technology." Thank you, finally! See, Blizzard gets it. The company's co-founder, Frank Pearce, recently told the good folks at Video Gamer that he thinks the fight against DRM is misguided. Not that he supports end-users going around torrenting his games till the end of time, but that the way to "beat" piracy is to embrace gamers and treat them like complete jerks.

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  • Netflix goes with Microsoft PlayReady DRM for upcoming streaming devices

    Netflix goes with Microsoft PlayReady DRM for upcoming streaming devices

    Looks like Netflix has decided to go with Microsoft's PlayReady DRM for all upcoming Netflix-ready devices. If all goes according to plan you shouldn't even notice the DRM being there, but we all know how well DRM has worked in the past.

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  • Australia runs into Ubisoft’s DRM: Does not pass go, does not collect $AU200

    Australia runs into Ubisoft’s DRM: Does not pass go, does not collect $AU200

    I'll keep this short and to the point, if only because I'm sensing the "outrage" surrounding DRM has sorta died down. The movement ran out of fuel, I mean. Anyway, gamers in Australia have been unable to play Settlers 7, which uses that silly DRM nonsense that requires you be to constantly connected to the Internet, because Ubisoft's servers have been unreachable. Who saw this coming? Oh, right: everyone but the Ubisoft executives in Paris. /Le sigh.

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  • EA fellow bitten by his own company’s DRM in Command and Conquer 4, questions the sense of it all

    EA fellow bitten by his own company’s DRM in Command and Conquer 4, questions the sense of it all

    Jeff Green used to work at Games For Windows magazine before taking a sweet gig at EA, but that little fact won't silence his criticism of the DRM found in Command and Conquer 4. He tweeted white-hot rage when, as everyone on the Internet predicted, this "always-on" nonsense worked as intended, and prevented a law-abiding citizen from playing his game.

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  • Oh, neat: Command & Conquer 4 requires a constant Internet connection, too

    Oh, neat: Command & Conquer 4 requires a constant Internet connection, too

    Let's make one thing clear: I wouldn't play Command and Conquer 4 if it was the game on Earth. It's just not "me." So pardon my blase attitude while I drop this bombshell: the game uses the same stupid DRM that Ubisoft now uses, which I complained about on CNN. Add this to your list of games not to buy, then.

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  • The $75 iPod levy that will solve all of Canada’s problems

    The $75 iPod levy that will solve all of Canada’s problems

    Apparently it's illegal in Canada to copy music from a CD you bought to an iPod (or whatever). It's simply not allowed, even if you're not breaking any DRM in the process. (In the U.S., it's illegal to copy a DVD to your computer's hard drive because you have to circumvent the copy protection in the process.) Solution? Some sort of levy, which would ensure that "artists" make money even though you're not re-buying their music.

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  • EA removes SecuROM DRM from Battlefield: Bad Company 2

    EA removes SecuROM DRM from Battlefield: Bad Company 2

    Since we're your go-to source for complaining about DRM, I figure we should mention the latest development regarding EA's Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Dice, the game's developer's, have removed SecuROM DRM from both the retail version of the game as well as the digitally distributed one (i.e. Steam). Why a Steam game even needs SecuROM in the first place (it's merely a disc check, so...) is a question I cannot answer. It's probably like a contractual thing or something.

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  • Wanna read Kindle books on your iPad? Of course you do~! UPDATE

    Wanna read Kindle books on your iPad? Of course you do~! UPDATE

    All the Apple marks are excited about the iPad. Not me, but whatever. What I am excited about, though, is seeing consumers use the items they've bought in the manner of their choosing. Say you've bought a bunch of books from the Amazon Kindle store. (Don't tell Devin!) Those books are only "supposed" to work with the Kindle and the various Kindle readers, but with a bit of work you can read them wherever you want—yes, including on your iPad.

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  • HP MediaSmart Windows Home Servers gets a TiVo companion app

    HP MediaSmart Windows Home Servers gets a TiVo companion app

    HP keeps the fun rolling with its MediaSmart Windows Home Servers. It's called the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo, but don't let the name fool you, it doesn't directly increase your TiVo's storage. The app, however, still has some nice features and might be a worthy replacement for the TiVo Desktop program.

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  • Assassin’s Creed II DRM proves that Ubisoft hates your guts and wants to beat you up after school

    Assassin’s Creed II DRM proves that Ubisoft hates your guts and wants to beat you up after school

    Fellow PC gamers: it's time to freak out. You're familiar with Ubisoft's newfangled DRM scheme that requires you be online in order to play its games, right? It's 100 percent as awful as we had thought it would be. PC Gamer recently played Assassin's Creed II, and discovered what a pain the in the ass the DRM really, truly is. Get this: every time you lose your Internet connection the game boots you to the main menu, and all progress made from the last save point is thrown out the window. This isn't an MMO, mind you, but a plain ol' single player game. In other words, no Internet, no game. Bravo, Ubisoft.

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  • Ubisoft’s new DRM scheme requires you to be online whenever you’re playing its games

    Ubisoft’s new DRM scheme requires you to be online whenever you’re playing its games

    In other, non-Apple news: Ubisoft has lost its mind. Its latest DRM scheme—the first game to use it will be The Settlers 7, curently scheduled for a Marchrelease—will require that you always be online in order to play its games. That's not a good idea for many reasons. For example, look at poor ol' Devin. He's been fighting Comcast for God knows how long. Needless to say, he'd be SOL if he ever wanted to play the PC version of a Ubisoft game ever again.

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  • Kindle DRM hacked

    Kindle DRM hacked

    A hacker, Labba, and his buddies have cracked the Kindle's ebook DRM, essentially allowing folks to extract the text of Amazon's AZW files into a PDF for viewing on any reader. The hackers have reverse engineered the ebook code and very close to a formal, software-based solution.

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  • Nokia X6 Comes with Music and capacitive touchscreen: shipping now

    Nokia X6 Comes with Music and capacitive touchscreen: shipping now

    What are you thankful for today? If you live in Finland or the UK and pre-ordered a X6 then you might be obliged to Nokia for having just set your new handset free. That's right pilgrims, Nokia's new flagship Comes with Music handset is now shipping. The X6 you'll recall, introduces S60 5th to a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen riding 32GB of storage, a 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, TV-out, and tweaked homescreen with a media/social-centric layout. The X6 lists for €450 (pre-tax and pre-carrier subsidies) -- a price that ultimately includes the cost of Nokia's struggling "all-you-can-eat" music service. Perhaps this is the device that finally gives the service legs? Maybe, but we'd start by following through on plans to strip the DRM.

    Nokia X6 Comes with Music and capacitive touchscreen: shipping now originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Nov 2009 08:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Looks like iTunes LP can be pirated after all: Muse album found online

    Looks like iTunes LP can be pirated after all: Muse album found online

    Maybe there’s no DRM on iTunes LP after all? I could have sworn that when Apple announced the completely useless new feature last week that it had said there would be measures in place to prevent people from sharing iTunes LP files with one another. Apparently not, since I was able to find the iTunes [...]

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  • AP’s rights management DRM explained

    AP’s rights management DRM explained

    There has been some talk about the Associated Press’ new system, called hNews for some reason, for protecting its precious copywritten materials from bloggers, pirates and pederasts. The system will include a DRM system that will make sure you can’t cut and paste data from a browser to a blog post, thereby ensuring that no [...]

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