p2pnet news view | DRM:- DRM is a dead horse. Always was, always will be.
D – E – A – D dead!
But they never stop trying, ‘they’ being the various corporate content owners.
It’s dead simple: if you can see or hear something, you can copy it in any number of ways, analog and/or digital.
But they never learn and now the beeb admits it is under fire for wanting to encrypt Freeview HD data.
“Under plans submitted to regulator Ofcom, the broadcaster has requested that it be allowed to encrypt certain information on set top boxes,” says the BBC, going on that only “trusted manufacturers” would be offered the decryption keys.
But opponents say the move would, “limit consumer choice,” the story states, continuing
The BBC argues it will prevent piracy.
The BBC said it made the request to Ofcom in response to pressure from rights holders to offer copy protection on all its high-definition broadcasts.
Under licensing rules, the BBC is not allowed to encrypt the actual video or audio streams.
So instead it is requesting that it be allowed to encrypt the data associated with TV listings without which set-top boxes are not able to decode the TV content.
“We are committed to ensuring that public service content remains free to air i.e. unencrypted.
“However, HD content holders have begun to expect a degree of content management on the Freeview HD platform and therefore broadcasters have recognised that a form of copy protection is needed,” read a statement from the BBC.
But, “Critics of the BBC’s request say that open source licenses are incompatible with the regulations because DRM locks down software so that it cannot be altered by the user,” it says. “As a result, it would be harder for manufacturers which use open source software to obtain the necessary permissions from the BBC, effectively pushing them out of the market.”
The deadline for responses to the proposal closed today and, “Ofcom will then consider its response,” Aunty adds.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
BBC – BBC looks to copy protect content, September 16, 2009
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