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Not only the patent system needs reform, the copyright system needs reform as well.

Posted by Haren Visavadia on September 15, 2007 at 07:15 PM PDT #

Sorry, but it is speculation at best that Apple is trying to lock out Linux users.

All Apple did was add a cryptographic hash to their device. That sounds more like them trying to ensure that unauthorised software can't put music on the device and less like they're targeting Linux specifically.

I don't know how adding a cryptographic signature == lock out Linux users.

Now if you want to complain about their DRM, that's fine. But let's not turn wild speculation into artificial truth.

Posted by Shawn Walker on September 16, 2007 at 11:46 PM PDT #

Fascinating phrase - "unauthorised software". Who are Apple to tell me what software I may run on my computer to manipulate my device? That's a great phrase to frame the debate, did you find it in an Apple statement?

BTW, I did not mention "Linux" since my objection is to vendors attempting to dictate markets like this (I assume you would have preferred the author to mention "Solaris" too) but I think the speculative leap is not unreasonable given that's where many people use the "unauthorised software".

Posted by Simon Phipps on September 17, 2007 at 12:36 AM PDT #

I know you didn't mention Linux directly, but that was the headline of the article you linked to.

Believe me, I don't agree with them dictating what software you can run or not, but there are many reasons why they could have added a cryptographic signature. Even my speculation about unauthorised software may be without merit.

As far as revealing their "true proprietary colours" -- that seems a silly way to describe what was a proprietary device from day one with DRM to boot. I don't see how it could have been seen as anything but proprietary! I say this as a Solaris user and iPod owner.

I have never expected from the first day I finally bought an iPOD to ever be allowed to use it any other way than they see fit. Quite frankly, I'm tired of caring. My world is wrapped with DRM from my cable box to my operating system to my games.

Sure, in general I won't buy DRM'd music (if I have the option, believe it or not some music is sold only in a DRM format). But when it comes down to it, I don't really care that much. I don't feel like there's anything I can do to change it as long as the corrupt are in power. I do my citizenly duty, I vote, I pay my taxes, and I don't "pirate" content.

Quite frankly, I don't really care any more. As long as I can do what I want with it, I'm happy. The day I can't, oh well, I'll just get a different one, all my music (excluding about 10 files out of thousands) is DRM-free, so no great loss to me...

Posted by Shawn Walker on September 17, 2007 at 01:31 AM PDT #

Oh, and by the way, it's been cracked already:

http://amarok.kde.org/blog/archives/496-iPod-Classic-Will-Be-Supported.html

So, as usual, a DRM-laden system gets cracked :)

Posted by Shawn Walker on September 17, 2007 at 01:48 AM PDT #

You missed the most important link though, how could you not mention talk like a pirate day?!?

http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

Posted by Shawn Walker on September 17, 2007 at 01:53 PM PDT #

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