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Wall Street Journal has more details on what I had exclusively reported yesterday, Google’s new improved video plans. Ironically, WSJ flubs the biggest piece of news in the story, which is buried at the very end of the story… Google has developed its own digital-rights-management software […]

Wall Street Journal has more details on what I had exclusively reported yesterday, Google’s new improved video plans. Ironically, WSJ flubs the biggest piece of news in the story, which is buried at the very end of the story…

Google has developed its own digital-rights-management software to protect downloaded videos from piracy.

…..Excuse me, but this is yet another DRM system, that will now duke it out with Microsoft’s DRM and Apple’s DRM, amongst scores of pretenders. Techdirt Mike, vigilant as ever caught this and points out that AP and Reuters did not even mention this in their reports on the pending news. And he sums it up nicely, “we now have yet another incompatible copy protection system that is likely to lock people in (while also opening up new security holes).”

  1. Maybe it’s me; maybe CES has spread from it’s roots as THE Consumer ELECTRONICS Show but doesn’t anyone else think that Google’s announcement belongs outside CES or in a Press Release. Sure, computers are electronics but the service that’s being hyped is purely an online (software) play – no hardware involved

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  2. I also noticed the omission of the DRM system. I’m guessing the writers didn’t really understand the significance of it. What I also find funny is that while Microsoft has been actively licensing its DRM out to others (i.e. Yahoo!), Apple has refused to and I think it’s unlikely Google will either.

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  3. There are already 100s of DRM-free videos available online from http://www.4flix.net They are all Mac, PC, and iPod compatible, and encoded using multi-pass AVC/H.264 codec. Just $1.99 each, with many free samples avaiable to boot!

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  4. I’m curious what kind of DRM system Google will come up with that is not evil.

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  5. Rishi, why pay when you can get the same movies for free at http://www.archive.org/details/classic_cartoons ?

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  6. I hope they bundle it with a Skype phone.

    Screw all these companies and their proprietary crap. Sorry, I’m just getting fustrated with all of this. Locked cell phones, proprietary VoIP hardware, MSN and Skype phones… oh, and worst of all DRM. This is not progress.

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  7. Google Purchases / Google Video

    Update: Om just pointed out what I missed. The new Google Video service brings along with it, a new DRM system to protect the paid for videos. As one of the comments said, this is not progress. Its giving us skews of DRM solutions which are not compat…

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  8. @Matt VB:

    Maybe Google will make a hardware announcement today when Page speaks.

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  9. Time to vote with our wallets and feet, y’all. Enough is enough.

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