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DRM implementations conflict

Starforce vs Suncomm, and you lose
Wed Apr 05 2006, 16:55
IS DRM (digital rights management) good for anyone? Well, I think it is good for laughs, in the 'look at that kid about to jump off a building to impress his friends with a video camera' way, and now it just got funnier. Yes, it looks like the evil DRM infections are starting to fight.

According to CDR Info, it seems that Suncomm and Starforce, two DRM offerings, don't get along. Violently. I could say that it is a surprise, but it really isn't, I am just surprised that it took this long. DRM works on the principle of undocumented hacks to the system that actively punish lawful users. Now that they are fighting, it appears that no one is willing to step up and talk about it.

Security through obscurity is so helpful in debugging, as are laws like the DMCA which in this case make it illegal for you to use the media you've bought. If you have a game with the Starforce DRM infection, and the misfortune of supporting the RIAA by purchasing music with Suncomm infections, guess what, you can't use them on the same machine!

If you ask ask any of the companies involved, as is so clearly pointed out by Suncomm, they will tell you it isn't their problem. So, you are screwed, and no one will help you unbreak your computer, because that is illegal.

I wonder how long it will take for someone to sue Microsoft, Norton and McAfee over this because by removing DRM and malware infections, they could well find they're breaking the law. µ


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