Category: DRM

  • Blu-Ray bad DRM scheme

    The very first discs for BluRay+ (BluRay discs with BD+ newest DRM technology) arrived: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Day After Tomorrow. Unfortunately, these discs are nearly useless because of the DRM scheme used to protect them. For the first time, they use a virtual machine technology that allows to load code at…

  • Free movies, ad-supported, DRM-spiked

    I cannot really test it from my trip in South America. However, I thought useful to inform you that there is a new web site providing free movies. You just have to accept some ads (not very different from what you have on most TV channels). SpiralFrog Did I speak about its legal status? It…

  • 30 years of video nagware

    This month we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the agreement that led to the one-minute nag at the beginning of all DVD. We all have to watch at this no-fast-forward page of information about piracy. As if this had any impact on pirates. As if it was good practice to annoy 100% of your customers.

  • Microsoft WGA servers are down

    Those servers are central to validate the “Microsoft Genuine Advantage” service. In plain words, they provide the verification that you are really a registered user authorized by Microsoft. But these servers are currently down (some kind of network failure?) and Microsoft forecast about two days before going back to a normal situation. This simply means…

  • Bioshock is having real DRM problems

    We have been speaking a lot about Bioshock the newest First Person Shooter (FPS) PC video game from Second Take. We expected a very nice game in a complex environment with varied adversaries and game tactics. But we did not expected the most poweful adversary: The Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection against copy. TwitchGuru video…

  • News from the P2P front line

    It has been quite some time that I did not write about the P2P news. They start popping up everywhere and it is time to talk about the wonderful things happening right under our eyes. First, the Internet users start to find again -in Europe- some protection since a decision from the European Justice Court:…