Digital rights management

Will the Loss of DRM Confuse Customers?

Billboard has a counterintuitive piece on EMI’s decision to let iTunes and other stores sell its music sans DRM. The new downloads will be m…

Arbinet Buys UK-based DRM Firm Flowphonics

Digital media and communications solutions firms Arbinet has acquired UK-based DRM firm Flowphonics, to extend the scope of its communicatio…

Google’s Copyright, Hiring Challenges

It isn’t every company whose legal and personnel departments get covered by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Then again, as it’s…

Co-opting DRM As a Business Model

The DRM-buster DVD Jon is at it again: after a short stint at MP3.com founder Michael Robertson’s various ventures, he has reverse-engineere…

Loudeye Closes Overpeer Unit; Cost Trimming

Loudeye, the Seattle-based digital music/media services company, has closed the lemon it bought: it has shut down its P2P content protection…

NBC’s Study on Intellectual Property

NBC has released a new study which quantifies the economic contributions of intellectual property industries to the U.S. economy. Researched…

DRM Vendors Are Keeping Too Many Rights

When Dan Gillmor writes, it is probably best to listen…”I have no religious attachment to open-source vs. proprietary software. I use both…

Sun Launches Open-Source DRM Plan

Sun Microsystems has begun trying to rally corporate allies behind a neutral, open-source DRM project, called the Open Media Commons. The DR…

DRM Snakes Into More Places

Self-destructing digital textbooks, a copy-protected USB drive from SanDisk that won’t allow digital copies, DVD players that reject pirated…

The Online World Post-Grokster

Seventy-two hours into the post-Grokster era and the actual ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court decision have yet to be determined. Cons…

Loss for Grokster, Not P2P

Parse the ruling, goes this school of though, and you’ll see a decision against Grokster and services that intentionally flaunt the rules bu…

Campaigning At Cannes

: Usually, most of the campaigning at Cannes Film Festival is for awards but actor/producer Morgan Freeman, his Revalations Entertainment pa…

Draconian Comes To Mind, So Does Overkill

And lots of other words the more I read about this new idea of combining RFID tags with biometrics to preserve the sanctity of a DVD or othe…

Call For A Consumer DRM Bill Of Rights

The rollout of more attractive media services limited to specific DRMs, devices, etc. could be spuring more demand for consumer rights when…

Songs In The Key Of Money

A rather strange rambling story, though rings true, in more ways than one: mobile music players need to let the market flourish on its own,…

Philips Intros Video-Watermarking Software

(reg. req.): Philips has launched video-watermarking software that will enable content rights holders and criminal investigators to trace ba…

At DRM Strategies Conference Today

I’ll be at Jupitermedia’s DRM Strategies Conference later in the day (around noon)…I see that some of my regular readers are on some of th…

EU Wants Windows Cleaned of DRM

This is about the whole ContentGuard controversy in EU, where EU wants to investigate shareholders Microsoft and Time Warner…this explains…

Gates Chats Up DRM, Web Services

Bill Gates believes the fight to stop file-swapping online is a lost cause. “You can’t intercede,” he said. The trick, he added, is to use D…

DRM Interoperability Alliance Formed

Another interoperability alliance is being formed: The Coral Consortium will initially draw on support from giants including HP, Sony, Phili…

On DRM, Etc

Four good stories on DRM, on Indicare website…
— An introduction to Privacy Rights Management: Combine DRM and privacy, simple…
— Righ…

Aspen Institue’s Future of Internet Summit

() (via IPCentral) A webcast of the recent “Future of Internet Summit”, by Aspen Institute.
Topics discussed included future of content, con…

More on ContentGuard Investigation

Th EU opened up a four-month long investigation into Microsoft and Time Warner’s agreement to control ContentGuard, the DRM patent holder. S…

Copyright Issues in Digital Media

(via IPcentral): A 40-age HTML and PDF file/report released by the Congressional Budget Office, on copyright issues in digital media.
The pa…

The Cost Of DRM Vs File Sharing

Om points to an interesting experimental model on trying to assess the cost of DRMing content versus the cost of file sharing on the media a…

Linux, Digital Rights On Collision Course

DRM adoption will lock out Linux and open-source software, Martin Fink, HP’s vice president for Linux said. “Unfortunately, DRM and open-sou…

Macrovision Posts Strong Quarterly Profit

DRM tech company Macrovision had a 22 percent rise in revenue for Q2, which helped drive profits sharply higher from a year earlier.
It repo…

Group Calls for Interoperability

Leonardo Chiariglione, the founder of Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG), is moving ahead with his new Digital Media Project (DMP), hoping…

Putting The ‘Vision’ In Macrovision

That may be a tough headline to swallow, but play along..it is an interesting interview with one of the key players in the DRM market…
It…

DRM Enterprise Market Poised For Growth

Large companies concerned with protecting digital documents and e-mail are expected to increase spending dramatically on DRM software, Jupit…

More Advice To Microsoft on DRM

Last week it was Cory Doctorow, this week it was Dave Weinberger…”A pay-per-use system and allowing artists to control their works much pa…

Why Microsoft Should Get Out Of DRM

Cory Doctorow gives a lecture to MSFT’s execs on why the software giant should get out of DRM. Here’s the gist of the argument:
1. That DRM…

Biometric Media Player

Established biometric vendor Veritouch has teamed up with Swedish design company to produce iVue: a wireless media player that allows conten…

NDS and Thomson Join Forces On DRM

It’s the mating season for DRM players, for some reason…well, there are some logical reasons, business wise. First there was Microsoft and…

Microsoft’s Music Subscription Killer

We mentioned Microsoft’s new DRM project Janus here before…News.com has more details on it and how the Microsoft copy-protection technolog…

Microsoft Remakes DRM for MSN Music Service

Microsoft is devising a new DRM technology that, it has indicated, will be baked into its upcoming MSN Music service, reports BetaNews…
Th…

Macrovision’s CEO Shares Insights on DRM

(by Ed Keating, Partner, Easton Consultants): William Krepick, President & CEO of Macrovision, was the featured speaker at the SIIA’s Execut…

HP Makes Moves Into DRM

HP has licensed Intel’s high-bandwidth digital content protection technology, which is designed to ensure that video cannot be intercepted a…

Qualcomm to Build DRM Into Wireless chipset

Qualcomm will build DRM technology into its forthcoming chipsets in hopes of enticing content providers to distribute their content wireless…

Disney Ties Up With Microsoft

(sub. req.) (Updated): Disney, a week after being snubbed by Steve Jobs on the Pixar deal, has tied up with Microsoft, though the details re…

UK’s Ofcom to Test Drive DRM Vendors

A thing like this can only happen in our dear little England…the govt. new media regulatory body Ofcom is planning an investigation into D…

Tech Giants Lock Down Wireless Content

A secretive effort to secure music and video on wireless devices will come out of the shadows next week, when Open Mobile Alliance’s “Projec…

Philips Preps Open DRM System

Philips Electronics said Tuesday that it was six months away from launching a system against illegal copying that will allow consumers to pl…

Copyright Controls to Get Into Hardware?

Microsoft has expanded its relationship with BIOS maker Phoenix Technologies in a deal designed to more closely integrate the basic building…

Jupitermedia Acquires DRM Watch

Jupitermedia seems to be acting like a drunk teenager on a prom night these days, when it comes to acquisitions. It has bought out DRM Watch…

Microsoft Moves Forward On DRM

Microsoft moved forward on its DRM strategy this week, releasing the first of several Windows add-ons associated with the technology and rev…

Marching to a Different DRM

Apple’s iTunes service does use DRM technology — for example, users may not e-mail downloaded music files to unlimited numbers of other use…

Marching to a Different DRM – Part 2

Software titan Microsoft is driving interest in enterprise DRM. The company plans to become more heavily involved in this technology via Mic…

Entriq Ties Up With RealNetworks For DRM

Entriq, a broadband content commerce service provider, has tied up with RealNetworks, to deploy its Helix DRM and provide the DRM to its cli…

DRM Firm SealedMedia Raises $4 Million

DRM firm SealedMedia has secured $4 million in its fourth round of financing led by Pond Venture Partners and Crescendo Ventures. Proceeds f…

Progress with DRM Solutions Remains Elusive

This according to a new study by In-Stat/MDR. “[T]he content development industry, which consists of the recording industry and the movie st…

Self Protecting Digital Content

An analysis article following the release of a white paper by Cryptography Research Inc, containing recommendations for a new type of archit…

MMS needs Digital Rights Management standard

“On top of all the other challenges facing MMS before it can become the success that the mobile operators are hoping for and boost non-voice…

DRM on Chips? Think Again

Plans to hard-wire copy protection into popular digital music and video devices (into the chips themselves) are being shelved as the consume…