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DoubleTwist markets iTunes DRM hack

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.




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  1. Benton

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Upcoming Itunes revision

    Here comes iTunes version 7.0.2 to stay ahead of any EULA violator.

  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Exactly

    Did they learn nothing from the Real/Rhapsody ordeal? This will only last as long as the next iPod firmware update. Don't want to do the update? Sorry, you'll miss out on the next great feature that you've all been clamoring for. Or your shiny new "real video iPod" this Christmas will already have incompatible firmware.

  1. jasong

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    DVD Jon is so cool

    I wish I could do cool and important things like him.

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I see a lawsuit coming

    I see a lawsuit coming or a slight change in the iTunes DRM which like creative, will make his software null and void and useless. It's not the DRM that makes iTunes successful, it's how you are able to browse and buy and listen with a simple interface that just works.

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Reverse engineering DRM

    Reverse engineering DRM is against the law as it states in the DRM legal mumbo jumbo. If Apple sees any real loss of business the legal team will be all over this guy and twist him out of business.

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    License

    So he has no respect for the iTunes license, and yet wants other people to license his technology from him? To be fair, we should all freely benefit from his hard work; just like he wants to benefit from Apple's hard work.

    Don't get me wrong, DRM is evil; but it's a necessary evil due to prolific pirating. And arguably the lesser of the evils when you look at the competition.

  1. ccsccs7

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Twist

    LOL, jhorvatic.

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