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Decrypter 188.8.131.52 beta supports ProtectDVD disc corruption,
contains a new DVD parser which is filesystem independent, and contains
updated language files as well as some bugfixes.
Haali Media splitter supports DTS in transport streams, adds
improved LPCM support for program streams, contains workarounds
for broken transport streams, supports BT.709 color conversion and
full luma range and there are various bugfixes as well.
With the legal machine finally in motion, the
AACS' latest target are sites that have a copy of the AACS processing
key found back in February and that link to certain posts in my
forum. The interesting thing is that they're going after Google
as well - and while smaller blogs did what the AACS LA asked, Google
still turns up a long
list of alleged offenders.
In an update on the Wal-Mart HD DVD story, both companies involved
that any deal has been struck - but the Chinese manufacturer
had indeed been asked for a quote and delivery schedule.
iTunes might soon be joined by other majors in offering DRM free
music: rumor has it that Amazon
is set to launch an online music store in May and offer DRM free
The MPAA on the other hand remains convinced DRM is a good thing
only it were interoperable. The head of the MPAA also comes
out in favor of managed copy - just one of the more user friendly
features Blu-ray hasn't made mandatory (somebody tell Sony, Fox
And speaking of Blu-ray, the inevitable conclusion of selling more
discs in March is that Blu-ray
sold more discs than HD DVD in 2007 overall. Meanwhile the HD
DVD camp points out that they, too,
have sold 1 million disc since the format's inception - and
former HD DVD exclusive Warner points out something that some other
studios seem to ignore: if
you only support one format, you're cutting off a significant revenue
portion for your HD releases.
Amongst the DRM news comes the Economist's article on DRM - titled
the consumer' - Where digital rights went wrong.
In the past decade, copyright law has been extended all over the
world - and always to the detriment of the consumer. The author
of the UKs government report on copyright - which amongst other
things suggested that UK laws be amended to include fair use - now
argues that in his studies, he found enough evidence to make the
reduce the extend of copyright protection and that his report
only suggested the status quo be kept for political reasons. I'd
expect the industry's smear campaign to start any day now.
In yet another example on how copyright law is hampering development
of innovative technology, meet Samsung's
high definition plasma screen which can be fed with high def video
over a standard high speed WLAN link. One of the reasons why
it takes longer to get the product to market is, guess what, Hollywood's
concern over copy protection.
Here's one for my readers in Austria: your
government is preparing the implementation of the EU snooping directive
- you have until May 21st to send in comments so I suggest you take
the chance to tell them if you're not a fan of government sponsored
Where does the royalty money go that Sound Exchange collects, and
which is likely to break the back of many smaller only radio stations
once the new rates go into effect? It turns out that the RIAA created
Sound Exchange collects royalties for every piece of music - but
pays copyright holders that are member of Sound Exchange (the
majors are, most independent labels aren't).
Now here's something funny: the DVD
CCA has lost a case against a company that makes a DVD jukebox which
copies DVDs to its internal harddisk, and plays the movies from
there without needing the physical disc to be present at the time
While warm spring weather usually gets your hormones pumping, it
apparently also gets the industry's lawyers on the prowl: after
shutting down development of RipIt4Me and the disappearance of the
PSL2 plugin for PgcEdit, VideoHelp reports that development
of FixVTS and MenuShrink has also been stopped. Unfortunately,
RipIt4Me wasn't open source which puts a major roadblock on any
future development, but since the PSL2 plugin is just a TCL script,
I hope alternative download sources will soon show up. As far as
FixVTS and MenuShrink are concerned, its source has been published
so hopefully somebody can pick up where jeanl left off.
The simultaneous disappearance of RipIt4Me, the PSL2 plugin (although
Digital Digest still has an older
version of the plugin for download.. wanna take bets how soon
it'll disappear after I upload these words?), begs the question
who the perpetrator is - unfortunately there's no information available
on that topic at this point. Seeing that Australia based Digital-Digest
also removed a lot of information and that Australia has its own
DMCA since January 2007, it could be either a DMCA or your traditional
copyright/patent attack we've previously seen happening with DVD
Decrypter. So I'd take a long hard look at Macrovision, Sony and
other makers of DVD corruption technology.
supports Anysee products, includes updated DVBWorld and BDA modules
and is now available in Russian.
0.81 can import and export menu buttons and the BOV configuration
of a DVD, checks for new versions automatically (if so desired),
can delete uncalled titles, has a new editor to edit chapters of
"not one sequential" titles and functionality to find
all jumps to all VTS'es and jumps to void PGCs, as well as a title
check upon loading a DVD. In addition, there are various enhancements
This story is still a bit confusing, but by the looks of it, Wal
Mart is planning a $299 HD DVD player. I hope a good translation
of the Chinese article will soon show up on my Chinese mirror :)
Until now, if you wanted to add Blu-ray to your PC, you had no
choice but to buy a full blown Blu-ray burner - and those aren't
exactly cheap. Now Pioneer has set out to lower the barrier and
announced the BDC-S02
for $299, a combined CD/DVD recorder and Blu-ray reader. Considering
HD DVD's entry price of $199 (Xbox 360 add-on) and the fact that
it's only a player and gets kinda noisy with the fan, it's not a
bad way to get into the Blu-ray game. The downside, as usual with
the first of a kind device, is that you won't get the full extent
of today's CD/DVD reading/burning capabilities - 12x marks the upper
end in single layer DVD reading and burning, and dual layer is limited
to 8x (reading) and 4x (burning).
How does Apple's $0.99 per song model compete with free P2P download?
Here's a Harvard Business School professor's take
on the subject.
And if you listen to online radio and live in the US, you might
want to head over to the SaveNetRadio
site and sign their petition for a reevaluation of royalties for
online broadcasters, or you'll soon only hear static from your favorite
station. By the way, the supposedly independent organization that
came up with the royalty rates is
in fact RIAA controlled - so it's no wonder they want more money
and squash resources that are less likely to peddle the mainstream
stuff the RIAA's members mass-produce.
Tools 4.091 fixes problems loading daemon.dll in some third
party add-ons, fixes problems with .isz images and contains a few
new language strings.
HD DVD had its first birthday two days ago - and at the same day
the HD DVD camp reported that they had sold
100'000 dedicated HD DVD units (standalone players, not including
any PCs with HD DVD drives or Xbox 360 add-ons - the latter sold
92'000 times during the holiday season alone). That places them
ahead of the Blu-ray camp in terms of standalone players. And yet,
if we look at how DVD did in its first year, we have more
than 300'000 standalone players sold in the first year. Care
to venture what would've happened if there was just one format and
we didn't have the ICT/HDCP mess that restricts playback even for
those that have perfectly HD capable equipment?
In the latest example of a patent system that has gone way beyond
reason, a well known patent troll claims
a patent on hyperlinks on compact discs. Umm.. couldn't you
store html documents on a CD ever since the inception of DVD-ROMs?
And in what could turn out to be another RIM incident where the
company being sued doesn't have time to squash all the patents it's
being charged with violating, Verizon's attempt to kill of US based
VoIP telephony provider Vonage could well succeed despite
prior art for the patents Verizon alleges are being violated.
And those who work in a similar field might wonder how patent 6,359,880
is any different from roaming mechanisms present in second generation
cell based networks - and those were around before Verizon first
filed that patent.
I expect another wave of P2P lawsuits from the RIAA to make up
CD sales in 2006. However, the slum in units shipped has turned
around two years ago - the
RIAA is selling more units than ever before, but thanks to the
per song approach at online music stores, they still make less money
than they used to (and that despite getting a significantly higher
return per song as they get when distributing music the traditional
Define irony: Sony has just come up with another way to corrupt
DVDs (they call it copy protection) that makes
discs not work on their own players anymore. Well done Sony
Expect the IFPI screaming communism or pirates anytime soon: Norway's
liberal party wants to reform Norway's copyright law to ban
DRM and legalize filesharing as long as no money changes hands.
And while they might not get that kind of legislation, at least
they'll get a nice DVB-T network: unlike most other countries, Norway's
DVB-T transmissions will be MPEG-4 AVC based, which permits
higher quality and more channels than the traditionally used MPEG-2.
Here's one American university that has made it to one of the top
spots on the RIAA's most hated list: At North Carolina State, student
legal services help students fight P2P lawsuits.
HDTV has barely started in good old Europe when the next generation
format is already knocking at the doors in Japan: Super Hi-Vision
has a resolution of 7680x4320, supports 24 audio channels and the
first tests will air in 2015.
BD+ is coming. I guess Fox was serious about adding another DRM
layer to make sure people can't exercise fair use and is busy
preparing the first discs. When the first discs will be available
is anybody's guess as the licensing hasn't been hashed out yet (recall
how long it took for AACS licensing to be done - it was AACS that
significantly delayed the introduction of the HD formats, especially
HD DVD), but we already know that BD+ will increase production time
and cost significantly (we're talking 1 - 4 weeks extra time, and
BD is already harder to produce than HD DVD). Meanwhile, we should
see AACS player revocation in action for the first time starting
next week, when
the first discs with a non empty revocation list should be released.
And while we're at the subject of HD discs, you might recall that
owners of the Dell 30" screen are getting screwed over by Hollywood
- even if you have a HDCP capable GFX card you won't get to see
any picture unless you get rid of AACS. The new generation of NVIDIA
GFX cards announced today features HDCP
over a dual link DVI link - so if you upgraded to a new GFX
card for HD DVD or Blu-ray, it takes just another upgrade to be
Will I soon have to go back to traditional FM radio (which offers
no useful station in my region.. radar warnings are nice when you're
on the road but quite frankly the music sucks)? The situation looks
more and more grim for online radio stations, as their petition
to reexamine the royalties they have to pay has been thrown out.
And they keep on trying: expect the next
attempt to bring the DMCA up north to Canada before summer.
Tools 4.09 supports StarForce 4.70, compressed and encrypted
.mds and .isz images, can check for updates automatically, contains
some improvements in the virtual drive and fixes installation problems
on certain Dell machines.
Question to Sony: If Blu-ray has won the format war, why is Samsung
the second Blu-ray shop to release a dual format player?
Here we go again: music labels, unhappy as ever about Apple's flat
fee pricing, are trying to get Apple to accommodate a new
business model based on subscriptions. Tucked away in the article
we'll find what it is really about: a monthly revenue stream, and
a small licensing fee each time a song is played. Can you say
"holy grail"? This is what the entire copyright industry's
plan for the future are ultimately about: make us pay each time
we listen to music / watch a movie / use a software. DRM and laws
that forbid you to use content on non industry sanctioned devices
are just stepping stones towards a pay per use future. And as an
added bonus, they get detailed usage statistics so their marketing
can better flood you with targeted ads.
TorrentFreak has some details on how
the industry finds targets for their P2P lawsuits. Note that
the part where the downloaded content is manually checked to see
if it actually contains copyrighted content seems to be sorely missing.
Apparently unconvinced by the positive reception of EMI's DRM free
music offering via iTunes, Warner
Music isn't about to go down the same route. When online retailer
added unprotected MP3 downloads as an alternative to physical CDs,
Warner immediately demanded that its albums be removed from sale.
Down under, the music industry has come up with an "innovative"
way to handle unauthorized music downloading: they
want ISPs to simply terminate subscriber accounts upon the third
unauthorized download. Something in me suspects that ISPs might
not come out in favor of potentially cutting off a significant portion
of their subscribers and thus revenue stream. The industry didn't
give any details as to how the three strikes policy would work (e.g.
when do you get a strike) but I guess due process would be too much
to ask for..
0.262 exports chapters, shows the first PTS delay in milliseconds
and has an about window.
ImgBurn 184.108.40.206 fixes a bug that could lead to bad burns in 220.127.116.11,
supports the auto change book type feature on Lite-On drives, no
longer requires a path when loading an IBB via commandline, there's
a new commandline argument /OUTPUT and there are some additional
So where's that mysterious WinDVD upgrade that the AACS
LA is boasting about? The lack of "I can't find the key
for this HD DVD title" is also kinda worrisome ;)
Need another example on how the RIAA is biting the hand that feeds
them? Steve Job's DRM odyssey is certainly most self serving, but
if RIAA execs start slinging
mud at the Apple CEO, and considering Apple is THE one company
that actually makes the RIAA members a sizable chunk of money via
iTunes, it falls right into line with the RIAA's attacks on their
So here's what we can expect from the AMD - ATI merger: more
DRM and less control over your own hardware. Should I start
taking bets when we'll need to ask the RIAA/MPAA/BSA for permission
to turn on our computers? If I hold the sarcasm for a minute - the
PC is this one piece of hardware where the user is in control -
it's excessively hard to access the inner workings of your CE equipment
in the living room, and even computerized equipment like portable
media players, consoles and the likes is more or less locked down,
leaving just the PC as the device where you can do pretty much what
you want. And thus, the PC is the enemy for content owners - especially
if they have business models based on selling you the same thing
over and over again. What I find particularly concerning is that
the computer industry isn't putting up a real fight - are we not
vocal enough about our dislikes of any type of DRM? And by the way,
I've already mentioned the BSA and you should take them just as
seriously as our favorite media cartels: just look at a lawsuit
surrounding Blizzards World of Warcraft game: according to Blizzard's
access to the game while it's running should be illegal. What
happened to "my home is my castle"?
Are we soon throwing ISP and community video sharing site CEOs
into jail in Europe? Some fear that this is exactly what will happen
if the latest bit of (copyright industry sponsored?) copyright legislation
it through the European Parliament. The new set of laws would
criminalize commercial copyright violations, as well as "aiding
and abetting" copyright violations - which is where ISPs and
video sharing sites come into play.
ImgBurn 18.104.22.168 has an option to reset all settings, can read DVD-RAM
discs formatted with FAT16/32, contains optimized file system parsing
code, defines a default path for IBG and LOG files, and there are
some bugfixes as well.
The latest Xbox 360 software update adds
MPEG-4 playback functionality to the console - but following
console tradition, does so in a limited way: no multichannel audio,
no AVI support, and as far as the "traditional" MPEG-4
video is concerned, only supports the MPEG-4 simple profile, not
the advanced simple profile that DivX and XviD support.
Did Apple use their own encoder for AppleTV content? A review of
the content available for the unit finds it severely
lacking. Considering the extremely poor results of QuickTime's
MPEG-4 encoding capabilities, perhaps Apple shouldn't just pump
up the bitrate but go for a proper AVC encoder.
Use 2.6 can now be run under Vista using the standard user account,
has a new cell commands interpreter for enhanced playback flow handling,
contains updated XviD and x264 codecs and fixes a few bugs.
updated WMCmd script (a commandline front-end for windows media
encoding), now contains a few pre-made quality presets, checks registry
keys for profile compliance, checks if the encoder is properly initialized
before starting an encoding session, no longer offers the complex
profile (it's advanced profile now) and contains some minor changes
RipIt4Me appears to be the latest software to fall victim to the
entertainment industry's crackdown on our rights - the site went
down an April 1st, and statements
by the admin of Digital Digest seem to confirm that RipIt4Me
is no more. So here's my plea to those who write software: even
if you don't want to release your source code, please make sure
that in case something happens there's a way that development can
continue. I'll gladly offer to hold sources for safe keeping so
that in case something happens the software can continue to live
as open source.
Microsoft didn't have as much success when they set their sights
on FairUse4WM: Unable to track down the author, they have dismissed
their lawsuit against viodentia.
Is Microsoft's Zune
store the next online music retailer to offer DRM free music?
Microsoft now states that they've been in talks with labels for
a while and would offer unprotected songs as soon as "our label
partners are comfortable with it". Strange words coming from
a company that redesigned a whole OS for better DRM, don't you think?
With all that is being done in terms of IT security, social engineering
remains the most dangerous attack angle on any IT system as it's
much easier to chat up somebody and make them believe you're somebody
else who ought to have access. A law currently under consideration
in California would make social engineering to get access to your
private records (e.g. data from your bank, insurance, phone provider,
ISP, etc.) a criminal offense - and now the
RIAA wants an exemption to pursue copyright infringement.
Last but not least, I've kept reiterating that both HD formats
are still in their very early stages, and now we have some
hard numbers to back this up: Thanks to PR spinmaster Sony we
actually have some hard numbers, not just ratios. And if you look
at the grand total in discs sold, or at individual titles, you'll
see that HD discs make up for an incredibly small percentage of
the prerecorded disk market. Titles like "The Departed"
or "Happy Feet" sell in millions of units, whereas the
same titles barely manage a low 5 digit number.
has a new editor and has a custom mode for graph generation that
allows codec selection without relying on .xgr files.
0.625 supports all 32 possible subtitle streams and fixes a
stream numbering bug in the rebuild mode.
VideoBusiness has some insight on why
high def titles often appear later than their DVD counterparts,
even if the paper launch date is the same: the replication capacity
of authoring studios, along with lower yields and having to go through
multiple check discs make the HD release schedule a lot harder to
keep than when dealing with traditional DVD authoring.
WinDVD 8 is the first high definition software player to get
new AACS keys. In a press release, Intervideo's parent company
Corel even goes as far as saying that without applying the update,
HD DVD and BD playback would be disabled. I can't help but think
this is somewhat incorrect as old discs relying on the new keys
would be undecodable by the original WinDVD, but we'll just have
to wait and see. I have also not found the update for download anywhere
though it might be delivered via WinDVD's autoupdate functionality
(and I currently don't have WinDVD installed for verification purposes).
I'm sure you're as sick and tired of the RIAA's spin on their supposed
massive losses and the reasons they invent to criminalize millions
of people around the world. Well, not only number savvy people who
won't fall for the RIAA propaganda see things a bit differently:
enter the music retailers that have gone out of business and who
see the RIAA's
market strategy as a major reason why traditional music stores go
out of business.
And in another example of how the RIAA just not getting it, a NIN
(that's Nine Inch Nails for those who haven't seen the name before
- you may have heard the music in the Quake soundtrack) grassroot
marketing campaign turned into another series of RIAA lawsuits.
The DRM free songs iTunes is offering hardly mark the end of iTunes'
problems in markets where consumer rights still matter a bit: the
EU has just launched
an antitrust probe into iTune's practice of different pricing
throughout the EU member states and restricting customers to buy
from the store in their country of residence.
Even though negotiations between EMI and online retailers on the
subject of DRM removal have failed in the past, the iTunes breakthrough
may pave the way for similar agreements with other stores: Germany's
Musicload is the
first one to line up for renewed negotiations.
Here's the RIAA's answer to colleges asking the RIAA for money
to get involved in RIAA's data digging operations and pre-settlement
letters: Ric Keller's "Curb
illegal downloading on college campuses act of 2007" would
allow the use of federal money to do the RIAA's bidding. That's
how far we have come in this day and age: instead of teaching students
skills they can later use in professional life, your taxes should
now go to do copyright enforcement for private parties.
With disks already having been announced, the DVD+RW alliance has
now finished the 16x DVD+R DL specs, which also includes 12x DVD+R
DL burning, thus bringing dual layer discs almost in line with their
single layer counterparts.
In older news, and as an interesting example on how the DMCA can
be turned against overeager copyright holders, a Brooklyn law professor
tried to exercise her fair use rights for academic purposes - and
promptly received a DMCA takedown notice. After affirming that the
removed content clearly falls under the fair use provision, the
content was reinstated and the copyright holder was informed of
the counter notification. Yet, they then filed another takedown
notification, which lacking a decision in court on the first takedown,
is a violation of the DMCA itself as it forbids misrepresenting
that content is infringing. The whole thing can be found here,
split over multiple blog entries.
And in another bit of pre-holiday news, while Viacom is suing YouTube
for copyright infringement, Viacom
is actually no better and owns its own community video portal
where copyrighted material is posted without the copyright holder's
Finally I've updated the CeBit report
with some additional AACS information. Bottom line: if you want
a digital connection between the playback device and the screen,
the industry forces you to get HDCP compliant equipment. And since
nobody thought about dual link DVI, dual link DVI owners are royally
screwed - they need to get a smaller single link DVI display capable
of HDCP or help themselves with the AACS decryption utilities out
there. This should be a reminder to all those whining about how
BackupHDDVD and Co hurt the studios that those tools are the only
ones permitting a lot of people who spent money on HD content to
actually enjoy that HD content at all, without having to go as far
as to replace perfectly good hardware and even replace high end
equipment with lesser products.
I meant to keep posting news during my business trip (lasting all
the days where I didn't post any news) but there were some technical
and time issues, so I just posted some stuff in the news
forum (make sure you keep checking it especially if there's
nothing posted on the frontpage). For now, I have posted the wrap-up
of news that I hadn't posted in the news forum in the 4/1 line (that
also means there are no April Fools for that day - I'm sure you
know all about HD DVD and Blu-ray going DRM free, about all online
music stores dropping DRM as well, the RIAA stopping their lawsuits,
Microsoft removing DRM and activation from Vista, etc.)
0.3 supports Blu-ray discs, supports volume unique keys for
Blu-ray discs (BackupBluRay was never updated to provide support
for those) and there's a GUI now.
This is dated April 2nd so it should be real: iTunes
will start selling EMI titles without DRM. You can still get
the DRM infected, 128kbit/s music for $.99, or a 256kbit/s version
without DRM for $1.29. Albums still sell for $9.99 and can now be
had without DRM and at 256kbit/s - twice as high as before. While
the price difference recognizes the fact that a DRM free version
is certainly worth more, the premium goes into the wrong direction
I'm afraid. $0.99 is already high for a single song without DRM
- it should've been the price point for an unprotected song, with
the DRM infected variety being lowered. In sticking with AAC, Apple
will also retain a competitive advantage over the iPod competition
as many players cannot handle AAC.
HD Decrypter 22.214.171.124 supports both HD DVD and Blu-ray.
supports the CI module with the Twinhan BDA driver and can parse
PMTs while playing which enables dynamic updates of audio and subtitle
lists and the video ratio.
I haven't found the time (plus I don't have a Blu-ray drive and
frown upon throwing any money at companies with exploding batteries
and wild DRM fantasies) to write a Blu-ray backup guide, but there's
the forum. And at this point I need to apologize to the guy
who sent me a HD DVD backup guide that I haven't gotten around to
reading yet - I'm slow but I haven't lost the email.
Then some stuff from the high def front: I decided to do a little
exploring on my business trip and walked into a Best Buy in San
Jose. Disc wise, both formats appeared to be about equal, but with
4 Blu-ray players from different manufacturers (2 of them posted
along a major passageway), versus just one HD DVD player from Toshiba,
Blu-ray had a slight edge. On the other hand, there appears to be
a major HD format shakeup in other Best Buy stores with inventory
going back and I didn't have time to go looking for other stores.
I was also surprised on how both formats made ads for new movie
releases - around here you won't find any mention of a corresponding
HD DVD or Blu-ray release along with the DVD release. And Toshiba
is running a major ad campaign in USA Today. Back home, just one
week after the PS3 launch, I saw no changes in the largest CE retailer
- Sony may be blowing the PR horn at full throttle (I had a Sony
brochure in the mail toting both the PS3 and Blu-ray as the ideal
gaming/movie experience combination and promising many titles to
follow), but you see very little in the retail market yet even though
there's quite a number of PS3s out there now. And before I forget,
latest Bond movie is selling incredibly well in HD - and since
it's a Sony title that means Blu-ray. But just so that you are prepared
for the PR blitz, make sure you revisit the DVD software and hardware
sales numbers I posted last month - compared to those numbers, HD
formats aren't quite adopted at the same rate.
My favorite movie trilogy - Matrix - is also coming to high def
later this year. The May release will be HD DVD only though, with
a Blu-ray version to follow later this year. While Warner supports
both formats, it appears interactivity, or the lack thereof as far
as Blu-ray is concerned is holding the titles back. As you may have
read here before, the only Blu-ray player supporting BD-J is the
PS3, and BD-J
support will only be mandatory for players released after October
31st. The full BD-J support will then also include picture in
picture functionality - a feature that not even the PS3 can handle
at this point. And there might be more trouble looming ahead: with
Fox rumored to hold back their BD schedule to get BD+ out there,
BD+ is another not mandatory and yet untested feature. And keep
in mind that until BD+ has been summarily beaten, you cannot consider
Blu-ray to be a universally backup-able format. Meanwhile, Universal
heavily on HD DVD's currently superior interactivity features.
The RIAA's assault on P2P filesharing at US universities has lately
ran into some trouble when universities wouldn't just bend over
- the University of Wisconsin is refusing
to forward the RIAA pre-lawsuit settlement offers, and the University
of Nebraska wants to be reimbursed
for the time it takes them to respond to the RIAA's cease and desist
complaints plus they don't keep IP to user associations for
more than 30 days meaning most of the RIAA's requests cannot be
answered anyway. Needless to say that the RIAA decries that storing
this association is needed - but except for the RIAA there's really
no need to keep those records, especially in the light of other
ISPs even being forced to delete those records after a short timespan
(Germany's largest ISP was compelled to a short data retention period
XM Radio is getting under even more legal fire: after the RIAA
lawsuit, the National
Music Publisher's Association is also suing XM Radio - just
as the RIAA they really don't like that XM Radio players can recording
broadcasts. Just goes to show how the industry embraces new technology,
Did you know how
much the industry is spending on DRM? It appears to be $1 billion
in 2007 and according to an Insight Research report, will go up
to $9 billion in 2012. So that's how much money the industry is
spending at prohibiting us from doing what we like with the content
we buy. Nice, eh?
Last but not least, Amie
Street joins eMusic in selling DRM free songs online, with a
twist: songs have an cost cap ($0.98) but the price varies on the
number of downloads. In addition, the platform caters directly to
artists and they get as much as 70% from the total revenue - a lot
more than from the RIAA member backed stores.
Oh, and I corrected the error in the CeBit article regarding PCI
Express - thanks to all that mentioned it. And I'll have a revision
coming dealing with some information on AACS and digital output
I got from Nero.
Last month's news can be found here.