It seems like such a long time ago that I was studying Jammie Thomas' case for my article on digital piracy. It seems that she lost her retrial and has been fined $1.5 million for sharing 1,700 songs. Before her retrial, the RIAA wanted to settle with her for $222,222. She refused. I do not… Continue reading Spinning Like A Broken Record: Jammie Thomas-Rasset fined $1.5 Million
Yahoo announced on Friday that it would be shutting down it's DRM servers so that customers that bought PlaysForSure (the most ironic name, ever) DRMed music would be out of luck. After the servers get taken offline, the songs will attempt to ping the servers for permission to play but since the servers are not… Continue reading Yahoo! DRM: Doing The Right Thing
CNet executive editor, Molly Wood has written and interesting blog post about a user's experience with DRM on his TiVo."I got an email today from a pretty furious Comcast user, who writes: 'This morning, my kids and I decided to watch a TiVo HD recording we made last night of The Making of John Adams.… Continue reading DRM Infesting TiVo?
Lately I've been handing over my money (willingly) to Amazon.com. It is just so easy and convenient to download digital music. I didn't believe that the compact disc was a dying medium but now I see why it just might be fazed out in the next few years. Yet, there is still something romantic about… Continue reading Amazon FTW
I'm loving the DRM free music from Amazon.com and I will never purchase DRMed ANYTHING ever again. I personally got burned when the URGE store closed and I was left with a whole bunch of purchased tracks that I couldn't listen to because the songs couldn't ping the server to get permission to pay. RIDICULOUS!… Continue reading Try Before You Buy
In my previous post, I spoke of the death of DRM in 2008 but what I didn't predict was when. Today, SONY BMG announced plans to finally sell their artist's music DRM free (via Gizmodo.) This is big news for the music industry and I'm ecstatic because the customer is finally getting the rights they're… Continue reading DRM Dead
2008 has started off with a slap to the music industry's face because of the release of Radiohead's highly anticiapted album, In Rainbows. This album did not only receive massive amounts of hype because Radiohead had not releases an album in years but also because the method of distribution that they chose: instead of relinquishing… Continue reading In Rainbows