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DVD Jon reverse-engineers FairPlay DRM

Famous for creating DeCSS software to remove encryption on Macrovision protected DVDs, Jon Lech Johansen (aka DVD Jon) has reportedly reverse-engineered Apple’s FairPlay DRM (Digital Rights Management) software, and is licensing it to any company that wants it. Using the reverse-engineered code, a company can purchase a license and make their content (music or videos) play on Apple’s iTunes and iPod products. According to the report, Johansen set up a meeting with Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs, who, not knowing that Jon would later decide offer the FairPlay license to companies, warned that while Apple was not a litigious company, other tech firms might not take kindly to whatever he might be up to. [via GigaOM]

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Apple not a litigious company? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by catboy17 in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 2:26 PM (CDT)


So, either Jobs is a liar, or he’s an idiot.

Posted by stark23x in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 2:42 PM (CDT)


I would never buy any of the media from any of those companies that DVD Jon licensed to. Basically because Apple will just release an update to the firmware and then none of those files will play on the iPod again…we already went through this with REAL. You’d think people would learn their lesson…but no…

Posted by Glorybox3737 in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 3:28 PM (CDT)


*Pumps fists in the air*

Have that Steve!

Posted by moo in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 4:01 PM (CDT)


I would imagine that DVD Jon will either offer some type of update to keep over-riding the DRM updates OR people who use this product will just choose to not update their firmware.

Posted by Jake in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 4:25 PM (CDT)


@Glorybox3737: It’s doubtful that they will be able to address this with their current model. The only way Apple can invalidate current iTunes-DRM is to not only allow customers to download everything they’ve ever purchased again (something they should do anyhow) but actually require the customer to do so.

As for DVD John, all I can say is, Hell yeah!

Posted by Code Monkey in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 4:29 PM (CDT)


There’s goes DVD Jon again…breaking all sorts of copy protection and DRM that the megalith corporations spew on us, expecting us to simply take it.

In a thought…DVD Jon ROCKS!!!

Posted by flatline response in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 4:57 PM (CDT)


Great, so now more companies can produce DRMed music and video to sell us to play on one type of device, rather than encouraging companies to sell non-DRMed media.

Thanks a bundle Jon. (but the DeCSS, that was a great move :-) )

Posted by PhilB in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 5:12 PM (CDT)


I too find the limitations of DRM-protected content troublesome, as a well meaning customer. But if Apple can’t effectively protect its investment, then their prices will rise out of necessity. “Trust” is unfortunately not enough in a world with the rampant piracy of “intellectual property”. Be careful what you wish for - the law of intended consequences may bite you in the behind. :-)

Posted by chashulme in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 5:28 PM (CDT)


It’s not about Apple losing revenue, or removing DRM restrictions from iTunes-downloaded music.  I bought an iPod knowing I would be locked into using iTunes.  But, it would be great if I could use it with Yahoo’s music service, MSN’s, etc.  I think the idea is to license the same DRM scheme to other distibutors, which would open the entire iPod market to those distributors.  Apple doesn’t want to lose that monopoly or market share.

Posted by Anonymous in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 7:07 PM (CDT)


Re: Code Monkey

Didn’t this same thing happen with Real? Real was able to create harmony. REALs music was able to work with the iPod…Apple just released a regular firmware update and then BAM! those music files from real no longer worked….I don’t see how this will be any different…

Posted by Glorybox3737 in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 7:29 PM (CDT)


RealPlayer Music Store tracks still work on iPods, and soon, so will tracks from Rhapsody.

Posted by Galley in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 8:15 PM (CDT)


Again the think is skewed in the direction of buying digital music online. As an Australian consumer, it took so long for the iTunes Store to arrive here that I still haven’t warmed to it. I still firmly believe in buying physical CDs. Uncompressed audio, unprotected (I use a Mac, so copy-protected discs don’t affect me).

So buy your music and video offline and rip it yourself.

Posted by Japester in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2006 at 11:46 PM (CDT)


this guy is the balls. if only he’d fix hymm :(

Posted by mrfett in Irvine, CA on October 3, 2006 at 1:35 AM (CDT)


So would Fairplay additions to WMA files now play on iPods, or would Apple’s firmware blocking of WMA continue to operate?

Posted by Mike in Irvine, CA on October 3, 2006 at 2:34 AM (CDT)


All Apple has to do is update Fairplay and so much for this hack.

Posted by palindrome in Irvine, CA on October 3, 2006 at 6:35 PM (CDT)


how does this help me?  sounds like he just wants to get paid.

Posted by M in Irvine, CA on October 7, 2006 at 3:38 PM (CDT)

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