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October 09, 2003

As you may or may not know, the record industry has come up with many bold new plans to stop the scourge of music piracy. The latest is called MediaMax CD3, created by a company called SunnComm. When you put a MMCD3-treated disc into your computer's CD-ROM drive, it automatically installs a small program onto your hard drive which intereferes with the copying of sound files, preventing you from turning the CD tracks into mp3 files to trade on the internet.

But there's a flaw. If you hold down your computer's "shift" key as the CD loads, the software doesn't install, foiling the anti-piracy technology entirely.

A Princeton student named Alex Halderman discovered this huge, colossal, glaring, immense flaw with MMCD3, who revealed it in an academic paper that he published online.

And now, SunnComm is suing Halderman for $10 million. SunComm claims that Halderman's paper was incorrect, and that his paper caused the company's stock to drop by $10 million.

No, what caused SunnComm's stock value to drop is the fact that they're idiots, and now everyone knows they're idiots. Sometimes, you reap what you sow.

I'm happy to hear that Halderman is confident that he'll beat the lawsuit: "I hardly think that telling people to push shift constitutes trafficking in a (copy-protection technology) circumvention device. I'm not very worried."

Posted by Jake at 06:11 PM | TrackBack (0)

i don't know what's funnier... this or the copy-protection scheme that can be defeated by using a magic marker

Posted by: DesertJo at October 9, 2003 06:45 PM

hm. link was eaten. story here:

Posted by: DesertJo at October 9, 2003 06:45 PM

This is what happens when technical decisions are made by non-technical managers. I've seen it a million times and recognize it by its "blame someone else" signature.

Posted by: Woody at October 10, 2003 10:33 AM

So the copy protection only works in windows?
All you need is cdparanoia/lame|oggenc and that CD is ripped and encoded. :)

Posted by: Vervain at October 10, 2003 01:13 PM

Yes! Way to perpetuate the idea that music is all about how much money the record comp---I mean more than worthy people get. Just the way putting your soul into song form should be handled.

P.S.*sarcasm* please do not shoot me oh ye wonderful music lovers.=-O

Posted by: Alyssa at October 17, 2003 12:39 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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