p2p news / p2pnet: The EFF wants to look for more DRM on music CDs and is asking for assurances from EMI, one of the Big Four record labels, that it won’t try to sue researchers.
The foundation has sent an open letter to EMI Music, which handles performers including Coldplay, calling on it to to publicly promise, “not to pursue any legal action against computer security researchers who examine the copy-protection technologies used on some EMI CDs”.
The Sony BMG DRM spyware debacle has left the entire corporate music industry reeling, but Sony BMG wasn’t alone in using DRM on its music CDs, says the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation).
In fact, Coldplay’s X&Y album is reportedly all-but unplayable because of it.
“Several record labels owned by EMI, including Virgin Records, Capitol Records, and Liberty Records, use similar copy-protection technologies supplied by Macrovision,” says the EFF. “On those CDs, an end user license agreement (EULA) forbids reverse engineering for any reason, including security testing. In addition, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has chilled the efforts of computer security researchers interested in examining copy-protected CDs.”
Music fans, “deserve to know whether EMI’s copy-protected CDs are exposing their computers to security risks,” says Fred von Lohmann, senior EFF staff attorney.
“When it comes to computer security, it pays to have as many independent experts kick the tires as possible, and that can only happen if EMI assures those experts that they won’t be sued for their trouble.”
all-but unplayable – DRM ruins Coldplay album, January 5, 2006