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Old 09-03-2005, 01:14 AM   #1
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Windows Media Player DRM Hacked

According to the Register, "Norway's best known IT export, DVD Jon, has hacked encryption coding in Microsoft's Windows Media Player, opening up content broadcast for the multimedia player to alternative devices on multiple platforms."

It's a breakthrough that is probably viewed by some as a step toward chaos and anarchy, and a new roadblock for downloadable video paid content. But many others consider Jon Lech Johansen a hero on behalf of the consumer for his fight against annoying DRM schemes.

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Old 09-03-2005, 01:49 AM   #2
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(Before reading, one should realize that this guy (irrationally?) gets on my nerves.)

So he cracked a DRM scheme, correct? How about working on something slightly more worthwhile, like work on getting the WMV3 codec to run on anything other than Windows and x86 Linux (with w32codecs)? Seriously, it terribly annoys me every time I run into a WMV3 file, with VLC spitting back the "There's no decoder for the video stream." error, and then playing just the sound.

Somehow I don't think breaking a DRM scheme is really worthy of so much attention... And seriously, who even uses DRM-'protected' WMV for content? Normal WMV, yes (hence the wish for a decoder running on non-Windows/x86-Linux systems)... DRM'd WMV, I've never seen (as far as I know - maybe I just didn't know because I can't even use normal WMV3 - again, I want a decoder for the codec, not the DRM!).


(Ok, so I got on a bit of a rant...)
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Old 09-03-2005, 11:42 AM   #3
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The reason noone uses DRM is because people like DVD Jon exist. WMV is a non-free codec, if you want to use it, I recommend you buy windows XP. Otherwise, consider using free and open codecs. Sorry people aren't breaking the law fast enough for you, I sympathize with your inability to watch pirated movies in 64bits.
 
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The reason noone uses DRM is because people like DVD Jon exist. WMV is a non-free codec, if you want to use it, I recommend you buy windows XP. Otherwise, consider using free and open codecs. Sorry people aren't breaking the law fast enough for you, I sympathize with your inability to watch pirated movies in 64bits.
You realize I *do* use free codecs where at all possible. But in case you didn't realize, some idiots use WMV for *anything*. Free videos, whatever. Maybe you've never run into this, but I have.
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