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Copy Never Flag has TiVo Series Three signing the blues

Posted by todd at 1:23 PM on October 11, 2006

TivoA TiVo Series Three Receiver was on my shopping list for this Christmas season. I have been watching the reviews of the unit and the new C|Net review of the Series III that I saw today makes me wonder if I should take the unit off my wish list.

We all have learned to hate DRM, and we all hate devices that are overzealous in enforcing DRM. It seems TiVo has got DRM fever and is running scared from the studio’s. Additionally I am not real happy with devices that make you revert to old school techniques to archive programming. Check out these two depressing quotes from the review.

“the only way to archive your TiVo Series3 recordings is the old-fashioned way: dump them to a video recorder in real time.”

“Once again, though, overzealous copy protection has taken something simple and turned it into a Sisyphean ordeal. All we wanted to do was watch TV, and connect our gear with a minimum of cables and wires. Thanks to DRM, that simple task becomes more difficult all the time.”

Once you read the linked review and determin where they had specific hardware connectivity issues you may be inclined as I am to not to move forward with a purchase of this unit. I have said it once and I will say it again because it is worth repeating. The manufactures and their willingness to roll over on consumers will be the ultimate demise of fair use. They will wait till our legacy systems wear out and then kill functionality with new products.

It is obvious that DRM is halting innovation and the ability to re-utilize media that is legally yours to record and enjoy. [Cnet.com]

FCC Commissioner loves DRM!

Posted by geeknews at 3:12 AM on April 20, 2006

Well if the headline isn’t enough to make fresh milk sour, I don’t know what will. It seems the newest commissioner at the FCC loves DRM and is going to make it her mission to get on a pulpit and use her position to promote DRM. In case you were saying how can she do that, well a lot of other people are asking that as well. If she follows through she will be abusing her position, and should be forced out of the position.

Be sure to send her an e-mail and let her know what you think. [FCC] [Techdirt]

Dan Gillmor puts the smack down on Sony who get Idiots of the year award!

Posted by geeknews at 6:05 PM on November 16, 2005

It’s been a long time since I say as many people get as mad as they have about Sony. Their brand is now forever tarnished and if they don’t start firing people and making liberal financial compensation to those that have been effected by their sheer ignorance and greed.

The problem remains that most of the people affected don’t know it yet and that is the ticking time bomb that has crackers, hackers, exploiters and script kiddies jumping up and down in joy. Every senior management official is missing in action.

I called Sony sales today and worked my way into talking to some 3rd level supervisor and I asked her where I was supposed to send the bill for the fixing of my wife’s computer that they jacked up. She was pretty pissy on the phone and hung up on me. Thats ok I will be sending a registered mail letter to their corporate offices with the invoice lets see if they pay it! [Dan Gillmor]

Sony Rootkit dilemma grows turns out Rootkit is calling home!

Posted by geeknews at 10:13 AM on November 7, 2005

This without saying it convinces me to never every buy another CD from Sony ever again. I love music and buy Albums of groups that I like. But until their is some law on the books that prevent companies from installing spyware, rootkits and any other DRM technology I am not buying another CD.

Sony I am also am placing a five year ban on buying any of your electronic components and music. The Sony Laptop that needs repair will be fixed and given to charity. My wife is Japanese so she is not going to be happy about this but I am not going to buy your products plain and simple.

Your failure to step up and reveal to the world that you have done wrong is without comprehension, I am going to show you how pissed I am with my wallet. For five years I will not buy any of your signed artist music, any company that tries such actions such as Sony will also incur my five year ban on buying any of your products. [Sony Rootkit calling home and much more]

Seems I’m not the only one fed up with DRM

Posted by geeknews at 2:49 AM on October 3, 2005

A couple of months ago I had a laptop die on me, on it was a lot of content that I had purchased that had all that DRM crap attached to it. To this day I have not been able to open some of that content that I legally purchased? Like many others I am fed up with DRM. From this day forward be it a music file or something that has information contained in a DRM wrapper I’m not throwing my money away.

I wonder how long it will be before people start realizing how bad this technology is. The question you need to ask yourself is this. If you have bought music tracks recently have you thought what will happen in 10 years when you have upgraded your hardware a few times. Think about that a bit. [ZDNet]

Copy Protected CD’s are Worthless

Posted by geeknews at 5:55 PM on June 14, 2005

What is it going to take to get the music recoding and production industry to wake up. After all how many people actually listen to an actual CD these days. My 99 disk CD player was sold at a garage sale several years ago, and the only thing I play now is music from the file server in my office piped into my stereo via WiFi.

If your pissed off about these anti-copying techniques, then you need to start speaking out. When you buy a CD that has these restrictions call the companies and tell them what you think. Until you stand up for your rights and demand fair use, the recording industry is not going to stop.

Consumers have a choice, and if we step out and say were not going to take it anymore, they will listen. But this takes a lot of people calling them out. So let’s get busy. [Techdirt]