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Canonical Ubuntu One Music Service Goes Into Public Beta

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We store music on iTunes despite its stringent DRM, preventing us from freely sharing music. But like any innovation in the marketplace, it takes time for us to determine what is acceptable and what is not. The promise of cloud computing and the ability to store limitless amounts of music...
Canonical Ubuntu One Music Service Goes Into Public Beta

YouTube Once Again Building A Paywall On Which Old Media Can Hang Itself

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People seem really good at forgetting history. While most people realize that Google bought YouTube early on in that company's existence, they tend to forget that this was, in part, because YouTube was beating the pants off of Google's own online service called Google Video. The big difference? Google Video's...
YouTube Once Again Building A Paywall On Which Old Media Can Hang Itself

HTC partners with Intertrust, buys 20 percent of SyncTV

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It's been a while since we've heard the name SyncTV 'round these parts, but perhaps we'll be seeing a bit more of it now that HTC has a stake in the streaming video company. As part of a deal with Intertrust, HTC has purchased 20 percent of its new...
HTC partners with Intertrust, buys 20 percent of SyncTV

Why Diablo 3′s always-online DRM is a good thing

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Diablo 3 has now been available worldwide for a week. In true, zealous, Blizzard-super-fan style, the end boss on the hardest difficulty setting has already been defeated. We don’t know the exact number of Diablo 3 sales, but with some 2 million pre-orders, we’re talking about one of the fastest-selling...
Why Diablo 3′s always-online DRM is a good thing
ePub standards body proposes new 'lightweight' DRM for ebook platform interoperability

Attention Game Developers And Console Manufacturers: 'Always On' Is NOT The Same As 'Always Connectable'

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Game publishers and console manufacturers have been feeling some intensified heat from customers about "always on" requirements. (SimCity, anyone?) Microsoft has been battling rumours that the new Xbox will need an internet connection to function, an issue greatly magnified by some unfortunate tweets by its (former) Creative Director. Ubisoft...
Attention Game Developers And Console Manufacturers: 'Always On' Is NOT The Same As 'Always Connectable'

Sony Patent Application Takes On Used Game Sales, Piracy With Embedded RFID Chips In Game Discs

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As has been covered here before, many game developers and publishers are actively searching for ways to scuttle the used game market. Efforts to date have usually included some sort of online requirement (which doubles as DRM) or withholding additional content from secondhand purchasers through the use of one-time download...
Sony Patent Application Takes On Used Game Sales, Piracy With Embedded RFID Chips In Game Discs

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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This week, it turned out that the Righthaven saga was not quite over. The denouement led Arsik Vek to win most insightful comment of the week--and second funniest comment of the week--by summing up the story: So, to make sure I'm getting this right.... 1) Stephens Media decides to...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Mac Developer license falls to $99/year, Mac App Store coming?

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We're running on pure Ultra 94 Octane Speculation here but might Apple be readying a Mac App Store? Before you hit the Flame button, hear us out.  Today, after that long outage, the App Store came back up with a survey, a new license agreement and a $99 Mac...
Mac Developer license falls to $99/year, Mac App Store coming?

HDHomeRun Prime is the first CableCARD tuner to deliver live TV to DLNA Devices

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Our favorite shows, anywhere, that's all we really want. Of course that is asking too much but we'll be closer to the dream now that Silicondust has announced its three tuner HDHomeRun Prime CableCARD is a certified DLNA Digital Media Server (DMS). While the options this opens are seemingly...
HDHomeRun Prime is the first CableCARD tuner to deliver live TV to DLNA Devices

Makers Of Minecraft Documentary Put It On The Pirate Bay, Despite High Profile Launch With Xbox

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Last week, I got an email from 2 Player Productions, the video game documentary filmmakers who have done a documentary on Mojang (makers of Minecraft) and who are working on the documentary about Double Fine making their new adventure game, which was part of super successful Kickstarter campaign (the Minecraft...
Makers Of Minecraft Documentary Put It On The Pirate Bay, Despite High Profile Launch With Xbox

Jesse's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Just as with our discussions on the efficacy of rain dances, I am most fascinated by stories of the baffling choices of copyright maximalists which, albeit unintentionally, most definitely promote content piracy/theft [insert Chris Dodd's buzzword of the week]. With that in mind, my favorites list will consist of stories...
Jesse's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Xbox 720 to use always-on DRM? It would doom the console

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Rumors have recently resurfaced that the next Xbox will employ DRM that requires you to be online before you can access your games, whether it be for the purpose offline play or not. If true, it seems Microsoft would be releasing its next flagship piece of hardware with an install...
Xbox 720 to use always-on DRM? It would doom the console

Ubisoft Learns Hitting Customers Over The Head And Calling Them Thieves Is Not Good Policy

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For many years, Ubisoft has been the go-to company for stories about DRM gone horribly wrong. They really seemed to believe that always-on DRM actually does something to stop piracy. That was followed with story after story after story of Ubisoft doing things that harm only paying customers and generally...
Ubisoft Learns Hitting Customers Over The Head And Calling Them Thieves Is Not Good Policy

Could Hachette Be The First Big-6 Publisher To Drop DRM On E-Books?

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DRM is just “a speedbump,” Hachette’s Maja Thomas said at a copyright conference this afternoon. However, opinion within Hachette is clearly divided. DRM “doesn’t stop anyone from pirating,” Hachette SVP digital Thomas said in a publishing panel at Copyright Clearance Center’s OnCopyright 2012. “It just makes it more difficult,...
Could Hachette Be The First Big-6 Publisher To Drop DRM On E-Books?

Weekend Fun: New Apps for Your iPhone

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As one of ReadWriteWeb's iPhone users, I'm always looking for new applications to try out. Some get downloaded for a day and then deleted right away, others slowly inch their way closer to my homescreen. Even rarer are the ones that become actively used on a regular basis. Occasionally, we...
Weekend Fun: New Apps for Your iPhone
Redditor Points Out The Flaws In SimCity's Online-Only DRM, Gets Banned By EA For His Troubles [UPDATED]
Ustream suspends Vobile DRM amid outrage over Hugo Awards takedown

Will Wright Says SimCity Launch Was 'Inexcusable'

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While we recently discussed how EA's silence has managed to push the backlash over the SimCity launch debacle into the background, anyone at all familiar with the story realizes what a complete botch it was. The initial backlash was bad enough, but it was made all the worse when...
Will Wright Says SimCity Launch Was 'Inexcusable'

Amazon, Publishers Sued For Antitrust Violations Over DRM By Angry Indie Bookstores

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Dennis S. was the first of a bunch of folks to send in the news of a class action lawsuit recently filed by a bunch of independent booksellers against Amazon and the "Big Six" publishing firms arguing that Amazon's ebook DRM (and the agreements from the big publishers to use...
Amazon, Publishers Sued For Antitrust Violations Over DRM By Angry Indie Bookstores

Is 'Pirate DRM' Really the Best Response to Bulk DMCA Takedowns?

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The file-sharing world is a multi-headed beast but not just in the traditional ‘hydra’ sense. The most visible elements are the public torrent sites like The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and any of the others from the current Top 10. Generally (censorship efforts aside) these sites can be accessed by just...
Is 'Pirate DRM' Really the Best Response to Bulk DMCA Takedowns?

OpenTV owner sues Netflix over patent infringement

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OpenTV isn't a name on the tips of most consumers tongues. Neither is Kudelski SA, the company behind the video middleware platform, most commonly found on cable set top boxes. But brand recognition may increase now that the firm is taking streaming video giant Netflix to court. At issue...
OpenTV owner sues Netflix over patent infringement

Yup, Jailbreaking Your iPad Really Is Illegal

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Want to play old school Nintendo games on your iPad? Download Google Play apps from foreign countries to your Galaxy Tab? If so, you'll have to break the law. That's because under new rules issued by the U.S. government, jailbreaking (or in the case of Android, rooting) tablets becomes a...
Yup, Jailbreaking Your iPad Really Is Illegal

Awesome Game Offer Removes All Incentives For Piracy, Gets Pirated Anyway

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Wolfire Games is running a special sale called the Humble Bundle, where you can pay as little as one penny via PayPal, Google Checkout, or Amazon, for five cross-platform indie games that are completely free of DRM or even serial numbers. Despite that, says the company, it looks like...
Awesome Game Offer Removes All Incentives For Piracy, Gets Pirated Anyway

Ubisoft undone by anti-DRM DDoS storm

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Protests against controversial anti-piracy controls hobble game publisher Ubisoft has confirmed its rights management servers were hit by a fierce DDoS attack over the weekend that left some customers unable to play its games for much of Sunday.…What is your recession sales strategy?...
Ubisoft undone by anti-DRM DDoS storm

Blizzard co-founder addresses players' Diablo III concerns

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Despite registering six million players in just over two months, Diablo III's rollout has not been without its problems. Posters on Blizzard's official forums have not been shy about pointing them out. Today, Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime addressed some of the most common complaints head on, promising continued focus on...
Blizzard co-founder addresses players' Diablo III concerns

A kinder, gentler DRM?

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With Harry Potter fan site and e-bookstore Pottermore.com now using watermarking instead of heavyweight DRM on all the Harry Potter e-books, anti-DRM arguments are growing louder. Now the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the organization that oversees the EPUB e-book format, hopes to create an industry standard for “lightweight content...
A kinder, gentler DRM?
Penguin kills library ebook lending deal with OverDrive

Fox, Warner, SanDisk, WD announce Project Phenix for DRM

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Some of the same studios that developed the the UltraViolet digital standard are launching a new initiative to make content available across multiple devices. SanDisk, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Western Digital have formed a new working group dubbed the Secure Content Storage Association...
Fox, Warner, SanDisk, WD announce Project Phenix for DRM

Ubisoft's controversial 'always on' PC DRM hacked

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Ubisoft's controversial 'always on' PC DRM hacked
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