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DRM: How To Boil A Frog 484

Posted by timothy
from the too-bad-it's-a-decent-artist dept.
symbolic writes "This article on the Register explains their experience with Creative's first attempt at supporting DRM, and also reviews a sneaky little technique for 'easing' DRM into peoples' lives via a free Costello preview CD. Two of the tracks are free from any DRM, but for the two that are DRM-enabled, you have to activate the right to listen to them (up to four times), by accessing a central server via the net. For those in the know, the doublespeak used to inform users of any actions they need to take to enable their DRM rights might be quite amusing. To wit: 'The content you are accessing requires an additional level of security. In order to play it, you will need to update your Digital Rights Management Installation.' Others, however, will think they're getting something, when they're actually having something taken away from them. It's a matter of time to see if consumers will flat-out reject this new 'enabling' technology, or let it seep into and infect their lives like the disease that it is."
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DRM: How To Boil A Frog

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  • Or (Score:5, Funny)

    by sulli (195030) on Monday September 23, 2002 @08:01PM (#4315911) Journal
    Just wait until someone posts it up on Kazaa.

    (Note to self: don't buy Creative. iPod works fine.)

  • Damn... (Score:3, Funny)

    by infornogr (603568) on Monday September 23, 2002 @08:06PM (#4315950)
    Damn... I was expecting information on frog-boiling. Videos would've been cool.
  • Microsoft recently announced their initiative to protect the content of their users' media through an initiative known as DRM, or Digital Rights Management. "It is absolutely essential that computer users adopt Digital Rights Management as quicly as possible," stated Microsoft spokesman Al Screwum. "Without this software, people's music and videos remain insecure." "It is only a matter of time before rogue black-hat hacker elements maliciously take advantage of this insecurity and replace parts of or even whole songs with other content," stated RIAA spokeswoman Annah Acker. "Imagine trying to listen to Brittney Spears and being forced to listen to Led Zepplin instead - all because someone exploited your unprotected music files!" "I hope this program is available soon," said Microsoft Windows user Nadja Clue. "Just yesterday I was trying to get the latest Christina Aquilera song off of KaZaa, but when I played it, all I got was static! Maybe DRM will stop the people who deleted the song I had to restart my computer 6 times to download!"
  • by jcsehak (559709) on Monday September 23, 2002 @08:50PM (#4316208) Homepage
    You're so right. That's exactly how slavery got started. First, the white landowners would be like "Hey Bukka, would you mind getting be a beer, as long as you're up?" And of course, the black people were kind and good-hearted, so they'd be like "Sho' nuff!" But then whites got too used to the idea. Pretty soon, they wouldn't even ask, they'd go "I'm thirrrrsty, hint hint," and their black friends would go "Yeah, yeah, I'll get you a beer." Before long, they were allowed to whip them into submission and fuck their wives. So beware! If we don't nip this in the bud, soon your wife will be ripe with the bastard child of a Microsoft exec, and you'll be singing "No more, my Lord" as you program in his cubicle farms.

    Or you could just not install the software, you knob.
  • by Cyno01 (573917) <Cyno01@hotmail.com> on Monday September 23, 2002 @08:53PM (#4316222) Homepage
    stick it in a mac, if the mac melts, its not a standard audio cd
  • by MoneyT (548795) on Monday September 23, 2002 @08:59PM (#4316255) Journal
    I still say all the subscription money from slashdot should go towards buying a senator so that we can have a voice in congress.
  • by Kozz (7764) on Monday September 23, 2002 @09:08PM (#4316315)
    Microsoft and Intel have already outlined a DRM partnership called CDS [bbspot.com].

    Now that I can actually see happening. How far will we be from this in just a few years?

  • by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdotNO@SPAMhackish.org> on Monday September 23, 2002 @09:10PM (#4316319)
    We already have the MPAA and RIAA mad at us, are you trying to get PETA mad at us too? :-P
  • by GigsVT (208848) on Monday September 23, 2002 @09:22PM (#4316382) Journal
    The smart people already get it. The time for subelty is over. Leave that to SNL and the satire web sites. We need to get through to everyone, not just the ones that get the subtle in-jokes and clues. DMCA+DRM is a disease that threatens general computing; this isn't about CDs and Elvis Costello, this is about the right to use your turing machine to manipulate bits and bytes how you want it to.

    The government considers computers a weapon, and just like Gun Control Inc. wants to remove weapons from the hands of those who could use them to threaten the social order, the RIAA and MPAA are a harbingers of a larger picture... The disarmament of the public.

    Those in power want to stay in power, and private ownership of high speed turing machines, and firearms, and many other things that are being lobbied against, are a threat that must be eliminated.
  • by NanoGator (522640) on Monday September 23, 2002 @09:32PM (#4316437) Homepage Journal
    ... having Sound Recorder open while I listen to the song?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 23, 2002 @09:33PM (#4316446)
    By the way, check google for "How to boil a frog" and you'll find where I got my information from (should be the first result.)

    I just did a google and the first result is this post ??? Is this a never ending recursion?
  • by Rayonic (462789) on Monday September 23, 2002 @09:51PM (#4316549) Homepage Journal
    ...sound pretty damn good, even after MP3ing)

    Didn't you mean to say "pretty damn good, even after OGGing"?

    BURN THE HERETIC!

    :-)
  • by mblase (200735) on Monday September 23, 2002 @09:52PM (#4316555)
    I don't think he's missed the point at all. What's he's saying is analagous to the frog leaving a dummy of himself in the pot, made of broccoli and lettuce leaves, while he jumps out and heads back to the pond. After enjoying a nice warm bath and a cup of Earl Grey, of course.
  • by Dr. Transparent (77005) on Monday September 23, 2002 @10:08PM (#4316657) Homepage Journal
    How long will it be before we have great DRM propganda like this:

    http://jeff.whoark.org/images/drmpropaganda.jpg [whoark.org]
  • by jcsehak (559709) on Monday September 23, 2002 @10:20PM (#4316728) Homepage
    Here, let me clean it up for you, Clean Flicks style:

    You're so right. That's exactly how slavery got started. First, the [caucasian-american] landowners would be like "Hey [Booker], would you mind getting me a [malt beverage], as long as you're up?" And of course, the [locationally-challenged african-american] people were kind and good-hearted, so they'd be like "[I gleefully acquiesce]!" But then [caucasian-americans] got too used to the idea. Pretty soon, they wouldn't even ask, they'd go "I'm thirrrrsty, hint hint," and their [locationally-challenged african-american] friends would go "Yeah, yeah, I'll get you a [malt beverage]." Before long, they were allowed to [wet-noodle lash] them and [have lain with] their [mutually-agreed-to-upon life partners]. So beware! If we don't nip this in the bud, soon your [mutually-agreed-to-upon life partner] will be ripe with the [love] child of a Microsoft exec, and you'll be singing [a popular work song] as you program in his cubicle farms.

    Or you could just not install the software, you [frame-challenged door].
  • by jbolden (176878) on Monday September 23, 2002 @10:41PM (#4316834) Homepage
    I've never seen articles from cancer's point of view commenting about how cigarette smoke reduces resistance to spreading throughout the lungs and thus on balance its hard to weigh the plusses for the cancer against the plusses for the normal cells.
  • by lsdino (24321) on Tuesday September 24, 2002 @12:00AM (#4317111) Homepage
    uber-parent: For two generations at least the music industry has been selling rebellion. ... They have been in a small way part of what has made North american society what it is.Rebellious, indifferent -- hostile towards authority.

    parent: Mod parent up, , maybe +3/4 (insightful?)

    Come on! America is not rebellious because of the music industry, the music industry is selling rebellion because that's what America is. There's this little war we fought with another country you may have heard of called Great Britain. America was born in rebellion.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 24, 2002 @04:16AM (#4317783)
    Dont you get what it means if you can buy a CD with DRM for a tenth of the cost of a non-DRMd CD?
    It means you can buy a full album for just 2$ !!
    You can play it four times, thats three times more than you need to make a mp3 copy of it!

    Is there anyone here that believes they can really prevent us from making a copy? Hell no!

    The music at the end WILL have to end up in our ears, and if thats the latest spot where i can make a copy, so be it... But, quite frankly, there will be lots of other possibilities, like radio. tv. Always remember, they GOT TO SELL IT! :P

    DRM is your friend. It produces cheaper MP3s, cause you can elect to buy just one play/record session instead of buying the unlimited time as it is now. (which leads to much higher prices)

    Also, the general sheepish folk will pay the bill for you, if they dont create copies. Cause they GOT to pay more often, and we do not. Great job Microsoft. :)
  • by CleverNickName (129189) <wil@wilwhea[ ].net ['ton' in gap]> on Tuesday September 24, 2002 @02:58PM (#4321251) Homepage Journal
    Is there a source where we can confirm Elvis being really enthusiastic and supporting this?

    Because if we can't, I'd be reluctant to blame him...as an artist, I know firsthand how we have to give up many of our rights to our labels, studios, publishers, and the rest.

    There's a good chance that Elvis is totally against this, but can't control what the label does with his music once he records it.

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