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International Day Against DRM: Say no to DRM in HTML5

International Day Against DRM

Today is the seventh annual International Day Against DRM (Digital Rights Management). We've talked a lot here about DRM particularly in movies and books (read my two-part timeline, The DRM graveyard: A brief history of digital rights management in music
and part 2 about video and TV). But what's most important for this year's Day Against DRM isn't any of that. Rather, it's the very future of the way we use the web, due to efforts to get DRM into HTML5. Read this post from the Free Culture Foundation to better understand why that's a problem. » Read more

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The most talented youth choose open source tools

open source tools

At my public library job, all day long I help people use the library's public access computers. At the end of a long day's work, I enjoy kicking back and listening to some YouTube music videos. One way I do this is to search YouTube for new Bob Dylan cover songs. I search YouTube for: Bob Dylan cover, this week. » Read more

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The DRM graveyard part 2: A brief history of digital rights management in video and TV

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A few months ago, we outlined a few of the major moments in the history of digital rights management (DRM) in the music industry. This time, we're talking about TV, video, and the events in the ongoing fight over copying. We're still calling it the "DRM graveyard"--but as you'll see, the failures that DRM has seen in the music world aren't quite yet as plentiful when it comes to video. » Read more

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GOG.com, DRM-free game distributor, chooses data security over ease of checkout

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GOG.com wins points for openness by being a distributor of DRM-free games, but now they're going even further by choosing to protect their customers' data over the convenience of a faster checkout.

After the wide security breach of the Playstation Network, GOG surveyed its users about the issue--"68 percent said they would rather GOG.com not even have the option of storing personal information," wrote Ben Kuchera in the Ars Technica story. » Read more

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Poll: Has DRM ever been a real problem for you?

Poll: Has DRM ever been a real problem for you?

Digital rights management has a long history of not quite working, failing to stop piracy, and sometimes punishing legitimate users (and owners) of digital media.

But has it ever stopped you from » Read more

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The DRM graveyard: A brief history of digital rights management in music

The DRM graveyard: A brief history of digital rights management in music

There are more than a few reasons digital rights management (DRM) has been largely unsuccessful. But the easiest way to explain to a consumer why DRM doesn't work is to put it in terms he understands: "What happens to the music you paid for if that company changes its mind?" It was one thing when it was a theoretical question. Now it's a historical one. Rhapsody just had the next in a line of DRM music services to go--this week the company told its users than anyone with RAX files has unil November 7 to back them up in another format or lose them the next time they upgrade their systems. » Read more

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Profitable digital content: It's all about the value

Last weekend, I rented a movie through YouTube.

In the interest of full disclosure, I suppose I should tell you straight away that I don't own a television. I sold mine seven years ago, after the year 2003 saw the debut of Nashville Star, The O.C., Fame, and some train-wreck reality show starring Jessica Simpson and her then-husband Nick Lachey.

These days, my knowledge of television programming comes from disparate half-hours spent on the treadmill at the gym. I catch bits and pieces of shows like Law & Order, Hannah Montana, The Dr. Oz Show, One Tree Hill, The Doctors, and The Dr. Phil Show. (Who hired all the doctors, and am I the only one who wonders how many drinks the talent scout had when he signed Miley Cyrus?)
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Open sound series: Part 3 - Ampache

Building a community is core to all open source projects. In fact, an open source project that lacks a community is likely missing the point of being open source. So what happens when your open project is designed to create communities? » Read more

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A brief history of commercial gaming on Linux (and how it's all about to change)

I'm excited. I mean really excited. Excited to the point that I can hardly think. I'm talking six-year-old trying to go to sleep on Christmas Eve excited. But before I get to why, let's take a trip back to 1999. » Read more

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