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Microsoft offers details on Janus antipiracy tools

updated 08:05 am EDT, Mon May 3, 2004

MS Janus antipiracy tools

Microsoft has offered details on its new , which are designed to bring piracy-proof digital content to mobile devices and home networks and will be used by AOL, Dell, Disney, Napster and Freescale, and others: "[it] has been seen as a potential way to let subscription music services such as Napster and RealNetworks' Rhapsody move to portable MP3 players...But the new digital rights management tools also include features that would protect content that is streamed around a home network, or even block data pathways potentially deemed "unsafe," such as the traditional analog outputs on a high-definition TV set."




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  1. jsiburt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Security??

    If Microsoft can't even secure their own operating system, what makes people think they can secure digital media?? Blindly following is not a mark of intelligence. Think Different, hmm now there's a concept. :-)

  1. quazi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    good luck

    I'll bet this will be cracked within a week. Actually, with Microsoft being known for releasing beta versions of their OSes years ahead of time, Janus might get cracked even before it's done!

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Yes!!

    This is exactly what I've been looking for from Apple. Secure content. Secure use. Its about time someone developed the technology to allow a digital file to block use of certain parts of your computer. As a music listener, it always bothered me that I could listen to my music in whatever way I wanted. This will finally limit me the way I was meant to be limited...

  1. ibeetle

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Already dead

    Clear Channel, Verizon, and every single record company has looked at this and said they are not intersted in anyway shape or form in this tecnology. In a sense Microsoft would have compleate control over the music content and how it is presented. Bill Gates personaly showed this technology on a phone to a VP at Capitol Records and said that it would only be useable if the phone user was a MSN subscriber.

  1. JimWall

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    but people don't care

    This sort of thing works because people don't care and don't want to care. I've delt with way to many windoze users to have any faith that reason will rule.

  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    good enough for lemmings

    Lemmings love M$ sh!!!t

    Why?

    Because it is good enough.

    M$ - the walmart of OSs.

    Quanity over quality.

    I will pay a little more for a better UI and "ownership" of my music.

  1. ipod21

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    blah!

    Janus, "The god of gates and doorways, depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions. (Dictionary.com)

    Who controls those gates and doorways? Microsoft. Same old c***.

  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    billions and billions

    M$ has billions and billions and billions to the power of 20 just sitting in the bank burning a hole in thier pockes.

    They can afford to force this through. Heck, they can afford enough PR firms to make people think this is a great idea. Even afford to give enough money to the labels to bait them into thier idea.

    They even have enough money that if this whole janus idea of thiers completely fails, it won't dink thier financial war chest.

    Stop feeding the beast - stop using thier software you fools. (not us mac fools, but you pc fools) You are financiing your own slavery into the M$ system. Vote with your dollars.

  1. IonCable

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    piracy-proof?

    piracy-proof? yup and pigs fly under their own power, there has never in recorded history been an earthquake in California and Microsoft is the most secure OS ever to exsist.

  1. Dalhectar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I see some signs of...

    Has someone cracked WMA DRM the way playfair cracked AAC? Janus would make subscription downloading a viable solution, if the RIAA accepts it. And the RIAA could be bought if offered the right amount of money, something that MS will surely offer if it can further tie its proprietary software into the world.

    I think people are willing to accept the lose of Fair Use rights in exchange of convenience. Look at Macrovision and CSS for DVD, FairPlay in AAC, Software activation in many Windows apps, and now Janus. To many people it's just one more step down a road they started traveling a long time ago.

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