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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2005
News Categories: iTunes

Only a day after Apple blocked the original version of PyMusique,  Jon Lech Johansen says that he has posted an updated version of his software that allows users to once again tap into the iTunes Music Store and buy songs without digital rights management (DRM) protection.

In a post on his blog entitled “So sue me,” Johansen writes: “The iTunes Music Store recently stopped supporting iTunes versions below 4.7 in an attempt to shut out 3rd party clients. I have reverse engineered the iTMS 4.7 crypto which will once again enable 3rd party clients to communicate with the iTMS.”

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61

He’s not actually saying that it’s like the patriot act and people are losing their freedom.

He’s saying the record companies are claiming things are much worse than they are, over and over, so that people will believe it and give in to more control than necessary.

Posted by Kloan in Toronto, ON on March 23, 2005 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

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His words: “A bit like the Patriot Act.”  Just a bit of a hyperbole, you don’t think?  You know what else I heard…  I heard about this kid that put a firecracker in his neighbors mailbox.  That was a bit like the Hiroshima bombing.  Something exploded.

“He’s saying the record companies are claiming things are much worse than they are, over and over…”  Isn’t that exactly what Pug is doing?

Posted by SPThom on March 23, 2005 at 12:41 PM (PDT)

63

If you interpret it that way, fine.

Posted by Kloan in Toronto, ON on March 23, 2005 at 1:20 PM (PDT)

64

It amazes me!! People that aren’t making money off the music industry are actually defending DRM and defending Apple for using DRM to restrict Fair Use.

Come on the RIAA are the ones wearing the black hats.  Apple is now “The Man”.  And the DVD-Don is now Robin Hood.

Next you guys will be defending North Koreas right to have WMD as long as they use an iMac to set them off! (I just love extreme examples)

Posted by __redruM in Gaithersburg, MD on March 23, 2005 at 2:42 PM (PDT)

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if you walk into a car dealer and buy a two door sedan, but as you leave you take the keys for the four door luxury sedan. Hey whats the difference, you paid for it

The difference is that the car is a physical good, and its theft deprives the owner of its use.

Removing the DRM from a track downloaded from the iTMS does not deprive Apple of its use.

If, however, Apple was running a retail store and you took a manufactured media disk containing music information without purchasing it, then as the owner of that mechanical reproduction Apple would have been denied its use. That would be theft.

Posted by Demosthenes on March 23, 2005 at 7:13 PM (PDT)

66

Fight the power and keep them on their
toes and maybe things will change.

Posted by crowpod on March 23, 2005 at 10:34 PM (PDT)

67

Kloan is correct.

I was not saying that DRM is the same as the Patriot Act.

I WAS trying to make the point that the have both been “allowed” because that powers that be moaned and groaned and scared people enough into thinking that these controls are needed and are the only way to solve the (perceived) problems.

I guess this is the problem with written discussion - it is very difficult to make points that cannot be taken in the incorrect manner or context.

The bottom line is that I can’t see how removing DRM from a track YOU HAVE PAID FOR is going to adversely effect either Apple or the record companies.

Do you really think that the major source of possible losses to record companies would come from these non-DRM’d files?!?!

It would be a drop in the ocean.

As for being allowed to d/l a fresh copy of a track you already paid for - it would not be a huge extra buden on Apple. People would only really do this if they lost everything. Otherwise you’d just make a copy or use the file you already downloaded.

Posted by PugRallye on March 24, 2005 at 12:30 AM (PDT)

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Well PugRallye, with regards to DRM removal…there IS this fear that these files will end up on some P2P network.  Such is the paranoia of the RIAA, but then that’s what justifies their pathetic existence.

I do find it funny and sad that anyone other than the RIAA or its member record companies would advocate the willing acceptance by consumers of DRM technology, especially since other media formats have had their consumer rights protected under the fair use doctrine in the Copyrights Act.  The Digital Millenium Copyright Act took away much of the fair use rights the courts said was justified and acceptable with previous media formats, mainly because Congress and our glorious President sided with Big Business (aka the music and movie industry in this case).  Not surprising, after all, since they and their big shareholders make heftier political donations than the average music consumer, and who knows a politician who can resist that?

As for this DRM hack by DVD Jon…over 128k bitrate files?!?  From a quality standpoint, a bit like dubbing music from record label cassette tapes; you can do it, but why bother?  DRM does complicate archival, I suppose, but 128k IS still 128k.

Posted by flatline response on March 24, 2005 at 4:37 AM (PDT)

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If a car dealership is traveling West at 30 mph…

A closer analogy for the car dealership would be: The dealership installs a chip in you car that limits your speed to the current speed limit. Further every time you take your car back for service, they slow it down even more.  No say you remove the chip and don’t tell them…

Even if these tracks were put on Kaza, no one would download them.  Most illegal music is almost twice the bitrate of legal music.  Why pay for crappy music.  Apple is at least 2-3 years behind on bitrate.  And don’t give me that crap that AAC at 128 is worth mp3 at 164, that was apple propaganda to force you into a non portable, ipod only format.

Posted by __redruM in Gaithersburg, MD on March 24, 2005 at 3:29 PM (PDT)

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