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PERFORM Act = DRM Mandate

Hey, RIAA, satellite radio and webcasters already pay you licensing fees. Leave their engineers alone.
Much of the coverage of the PERFORM Act, S. 256, recently reintroduced by Senator Feinstein (D - Calif.), seems to treat the issue as a tussle between XM and the RIAA over royalties....

Take Action: Defend Your Right to Record Off the Radio!

The new Congress has barely begun, but the major record labels are already up to their old tricks.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein has re-introduced the PERFORM Act, a backdoor assault on your right to record off the radio. Satellite and digital radio stations as well as Internet webcasters would have...

Another Step Towards Cable Set-Top Competition

Way back in 1996, Congress directed the FCC to foster useful, competitive alternatives to cable providers' proprietary set-top boxes. As we saw at CES, several alternatives that rely on CableCARD technology are finally coming to market, and now the FCC has taken another step towards putting them on a...

Felten: Next Gen DVD DRM Will Be Broken Wide Open

HD-DVD and Blu Ray discs haven't been on the market for long, but a tool called BackupHDDVD is already available to help users evade the discs' DRM. Is this tool the end of the AACS encryption scheme, or will the movie studios be able to repair the hole? Computer security...

CES 2007: The (Hopefully) Eternal Analog Hole

If you want to liberate your media from its DRM chains without circumventing them, you are increasingly dependent on the analog hole (all your digital outputs are belong to Hollywood, right?).
We've already talked up the Neuros MPEG4 Recorder on this blog, and at CES we found a...

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Back Off, Eli Lilly

On January 4, a federal judge issued an injunction prohibiting the whole world from posting links to important documents about Eli Lilly's drug, Zyprexa, on a public wiki. On January 8, EFF was in court on behalf of one of the wiki's contributors.
Here's the story in a...

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