Archive for the 'Copy Protection' Category

Apple User Copy Protection Fury

It’s looking like Apple has built copy protection into their new laptops, without bothering to tell prospective purchasers about it. The currently Apple-faithful who have bought the new laptops, including the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, are finding that if they try to play films – that they have legitimately rented through Apple iTunes Store [...]

RealDVD Brings Lawsuit From Hollywood

A strong sense of Deja Vu is flowing thick around the Digital-Lifestyles offices today as we hear that ‘Hollywood’ is to take legal action against Real Network for their DVD copying software, RealDVD. Five years ago last month, the collected legal might of the Hollywood studios took a disliking to 321 Studios as they too [...]

NDS: Permira To Take It Private

NDS, a DRM, PVR and interactive TV company, will be taken private, away from its current public listed status. News Corporation currently owns approximately 72% of the equity and a stunning 96% of the voting power of NDS through its ownership of 100% of the outstanding Series B shares.

Microsoft DRM: A Blunt Knife

What a blunt knife Microsoft’s DRM is. We don’t know if you’ve noticed before, but some time in the last, Microsoft made change to their Media Player, stopping screen grabs of videos that are playing. Clearly Microsoft thought this would be something that would appeal to content owners in fear of their work being taken [...]

Adobe Media Player Launched

Adobe have launched a stand-alone Media Player (AMP). Using Adobe Air, the AMP plays back high quality video both on PCs and Apple computers at standard def and 1080p.

iPlayer iPhone Hacked AGAIN

Just when the BBC were pleased to tell everyone that they’d fixed the hole in their iPhone iPlayer service that let people download TV programmes without DRM – the very next day, the originator of the hack, Paul Battley, produced an update to get around the BBC’s fix, re-opening the whole.

Macrovision Buying Gemstar-TV Guide

Macrovision, content protection company, has agreed to purchase TV listing company, Gemstar-TV Guide International in a cash and stock transaction with a value of approximately $2.8 billion.

Gigabyte Announces M704 UMPC

Another pocket-pleasing UMPC hits the market.

Wal-Mart Launches DRM-Free MP3 Download Service

Retail giant seals deal with Universal and EMI for DRM-free downloads.

Nokia Sign Up for Microsoft PlayReady DRM

Microsoft is spreading their DRM offering beyond the PC, now to Nokia mobile phones.