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EFF on DRM, iTunes: \"The Customer Is Always Wrong\"

updated 05:55 pm EDT, Fri September 2, 2005

EFF on DRM

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a report that look at some of the shortcomings of (DRM) schemes, which are used to sell music online by companies such as Apple. According to the advocacy group, online stores like iTunes actually give music buyers less for their money than traditional CDs. For example, if music owners want to make more copies of an album (for personal) use than the DRM allows, they may have to turn to various "hacks." Unfortunately, "breaking the DRM or distributing the tools to break DRM may expose you to liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) even if you're not making any illegal uses." The article also points out that Apple reserves the right to change at any time what users can do with the music they purchase at the iTunes Music Store. In April 2004, Apple decided to "modify the DRM so people could burn the same playlist only 7 times, down from 10."




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  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What I don't get is...

    Why would one burn more than 7 copies of an album? When I used to buy CD's (or vinyl LP's) I rarely copied an album. Perhaps an odd mixtape or a CD for a friend. But that's it. Enlighten me: who desperately needs to make more than 7 copies of an album?

  1. no use for a nick

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    AND

    And if they do need to make more than 7 copies of an album why in the world wouldn't they just copy the first CD they burned in the Finder or in Toast instead of burning it from the playlist 7 times?

  1. evansls

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    just you wait...

    "...online stores like iTunes actually give music buyers less for their money than traditional CDs... for example, if music owners want to make more copies of an album..."

    Well, my response to this would be not for long! The music industry is pushing hard to DRM physical CDs in stores. For example the latest Dave Mathews Band cd "Stand Up" or the Backstreet Boys cd "Never Gone". It's only a matter of time until more albums appear with DRM. So, at least iTunes provides the option to dupilicate even if its limited to 7 "exact" playlists in a row!

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    thats exactly the problem

    @DoubleUK

    thats exactly the problem DoubleUK...when you own something, you can do what you need to do.

    When you don't, you have to hope someone 'gets' what you are doing...it's a never ending game.

    as everyone points out, a pirate wasn't burning 10 playlists then stopping. And now 7 playlists and stopping, ooohhh, that made the difference.

    fact is, a pirate will just burn as many copies as they want, and its trivial, these policies, if they harm anyone, they harm the legitimate user.

    personally I don't mind iTunes too much though, even if it is a tad absurd at times.

  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Umm

    I agree DRM is S***** but I don't think apple is the bad guy, they are just making the best of a bad situation.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Low quality AAC is my...

    ...problem - yes you can buy 1 song instead of an album, and more conveniently, but one loses audio quality & control - I will never buy an iTune until an audiophile qualty recording is available - I buy cd's and oddly enough I still prefer live performances (doh!) ;-)

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re:What I don't get is..

    But that's it. Enlighten me: who desperately needs to make more than 7 copies of an album?"

    No one. But that's really totally irrelevant. The point is that *someone else* has control over what *you* bought.

  1. voznap

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    1000 iTunes tracks

    I have purchased nearly 1000 tracks from iTunes and have not found ANY issues with the way the DRM works. I honestly have no idea what this guy's issue is really. The only time I even burn an album is one time when I want one in the car.

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: 1000 iTunes tracks

    "I have purchased nearly 1000 tracks from iTunes and have not found ANY issues with the way the DRM works."

    You not having issues with it does not invalidate others' concerns or problems over it.

  1. MichaelNH

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    don't like.. don't...

    Well if someone feels they need to buy a set of tracks more than 7 times..... they don't need to buy the song.... a nice luxury we have.... the freedom of choice.... going out and buying a CD so you can make more than 7 copies with better quality.. sometimes at a higher price.. more power to you.. nothing wrong with that.. just don't complain that a song, or set of songs you buy, are restricted.. you knew about that "issue" before you purchased the songs..

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