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Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware
DRM working as expected:
To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform "unauthorized" repair on farm equipment, which farmers see as an attack on their sovereignty and quite possibly an existential threat to their livelihood if their tractor breaks at an inopportune time.

(via etienneshrdlu)
hacking  farming  drm  john-deere  tractors  firmware  right-to-repair  repair 
march 2017 by jm
Nook DRM promises to kill book collection unless user takes action
yay, DRM. "It is important that you transfer your purchased NOOK Books to ensure access"
drm  fail  nook  uk  sainsburys 
march 2016 by jm
Breaking Spotify DRM with PANDA
Reverse engineering a DRM implementation, by instrumenting a VM and performing entropy/compressability analysis on function call inputs and outputs. Impressive
reversing  spotify  drm  panda  vm  compression  entropy  compressability  qemu  via:hn 
july 2014 by jm
Removing DRM Boosts Music Sales by 10%
Based on a working paper from University of Toronto researcher Laurina Zhang
Comparing album sales of four major labels before and after the removal of DRM reveals that digital music revenue increases by 10% when restrictions are removed. The effect goes up to 30% for long tail content, while top-selling albums show no significant jump. The findings suggest that dropping technical restrictions can benefit both artists and the major labels.


more details: http://inside.rotman.utoronto.ca/laurinazhang/files/2013/11/laurina_zhang_jmp_nov4.pdf , "Intellectual Property Strategy and the Long Tail: Evidence from the Recorded Music Industry", Laurina Zhang, November 4, 2013
ip  copyright  drm  mp3  music  laurina-zhang  research  long-tail  albums  rights-management  piracy 
december 2013 by jm
Link without fear – Copyright in Ireland in a Digital Age
The Copyright Review Committee report has been published. Headline recommendations:

Ensure the right of free speech is a central element of the new copyright regime, including in the areas of parody and satire;
Legalise legitimate forms of copying by introducing an explicit and broadly defined “Fair Use” policy.
Ensure the extent of copyright ownership is balanced against the public good;
Design a system which is clear to all parties, including end users;
Design an enforcement mechanism which is easy to understand, transparent and accessible to all parties;
Target penalties at those who infringe on copyright rather than on third parties such as intermediaries;
Future-proof the new regime by basing it on applicable principles rather than rules relevant to today’s technology only;
Make it easy for end-users to identify and engage with owners of copyright material.


Here's hoping Sean Sherlock now does what he said he'd do, and acts on these recommendations.
copyright  law  ireland  reports  fair-use  free-speech  satire  parody  copying  copyfight  ownership  ip  drm  linking 
october 2013 by jm
Universal Music Group adding audible "watermarks"
including on paid-for, losslessly-compressed digital audio music files:
Why isn't UMG's watermark talked about more? Maybe people think the audio quality problems are due to some kind of lossy compression, as I did, and ignore it completely, or blame the streaming service/distributor. The problem here is that the UMG watermark degrades the audio to about the equivalent of a 96 kbit MP3. My guess is that if consumers were informed about what is going on, they would care. Especially those who pay full retail price for digital downloads advertised as lossless audio.
lame  audio  drm  media  music  umg  universal  watermarks  noise  consumer  mp3 
may 2013 by jm
One Year Later, the Results of Tor Books UK Going DRM-Free
As it is, we’ve seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles, despite them being DRM-free for nearly a year.
tor  ebooks  drm  piracy  copy-protection  books 
may 2013 by jm
Bunnie Huang's "Hacking the Xbox" now available as a free PDF
'No Starch Press and I have decided to release this free ebook version of Hacking the Xbox in honor of Aaron Swartz. As you read this book, I hope that you’ll be reminded of how important freedom is to the hacking community and that you’ll be inclined to support the causes that Aaron believed in.

I agreed to release this book for free in part because Aaron’s treatment by MIT is not unfamiliar to me. In this book, you will find the story of when I was an MIT graduate student, extracting security keys from the original Microsoft Xbox. You’ll also read about the crushing disappointment of receiving a letter from MIT legal repudiating any association with my work, effectively leaving me on my own to face Microsoft.

The difference was that the faculty of my lab, the AI laboratory, were outraged by this treatment. They openly defied MIT legal and vowed to publish my work as an official “AI Lab Memo,” thereby granting me greater negotiating leverage with Microsoft. Microsoft, mindful of the potential backlash from the court of public opinion over suing a legitimate academic researcher, came to a civil understanding with me over the issue.'

This is a classic text on hardware reverse-engineering and the freedom to tinker -- strongly recommended.
hacking  bunnie-huang  xbox  free  hardware  drm  freedom-to-tinker  books  reading  mit  microsoft  history 
march 2013 by jm
UnoDNS
'Watch Netflix USA, Hulu, Pandora, BBC iPlayer, and more in [sic] anywhere you live!' -- seems to use similar techniques to tunlr.net, looks like it works for my Netflix
netflix  dns  tv  tunnelling  drm  networking  spotify  hulu 
february 2013 by jm
Claimed HDCP master key leak could be fatal to DRM scheme
ouch - master key for HDMI now available, if true (via tony finch)
via:fanf  hdmi  hdcp  video  drm  from delicious
september 2010 by jm
Ubisoft DRM Authentication Servers Go Down
Assassin's Creed 2 players unable to play the game for no less than 10 hours due to failure of their DRM servers. nice work Ubisoft
drm  fail  defective-by-design  gaming  ubisoft  assassins-creed  from delicious
march 2010 by jm

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