updated 11:15 am EDT, Tue October 24, 2006
DoubleTwist signs client
DoubleTwist -- the company founded by "DVD Jon" Lech Johansen -- has signed its first client hoping to cash in on Apple's success in the digital music industry, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Johansen recently announced plans to license iTunes DRM hack software, which allows users to remove many of the restrictions Apple imposes on video and music content purchased from the iTunes Music Store. DoubleTwist hopes to market anti-DRM software to third-party companies, and said it has signed its first client--although it declined to a provide the company's name. The software could help any of Apple's competitors and significantly alter the landscape of the music industry.
According to the report, the unnamed client and any that follow it by signing on with DoubleTwist may face legal ramifications, as any attempt to utilize software to access Apple's closed system could lead to legal battles in U.S. courts. Johansen claims his new business is operating legally, because rather than removing protection, his software is technically adding copy protection.