"DRM is actually a part of Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system and has been for a while, but it wasn’t until I picked up a DVD recently that I witnessed the ugly and very user unfriendly side of DRM in person. The DVD in question, T2: Extreme DVD, produced by Artisan Home Entertainment Inc., is a two-dvd disk set, which holds a digitally optimized version of the T2 movie on one disk, and a high definition version of the same movie on the second disk, encoded in WMV9 format....
I wonder if any libraries bought this title. Unfortunately, looking in just my local catalog, SWAN, some did. I wonder how their patrons are faring trying to access these features. Would you go through all of that to watch a movie? I sure wouldn't.
Whatever did happen to fair use and the right of first sale in the digital world? I miss them.
Side note: I've almost got my new Treo 650 loaded with the software I really need, but I'm having a problem getting the Audible software for audio ebooks up and running on the new laptop. According to Audible, they can't activate the Treo or the desktop software because I'm over my allotted number of activations. Say what?
We have three desktop computers in the house, I used to download Audible titles at work, and I'm typing this post on the second laptop I've used at home. Who knew I was restricted to
At first, I thought I would be okay because Audible has a nifty option that lists all of the activations that they have on file for you and lets you choose which one(s) to de-activate so you can activate the new one. Great, except that whatever code is running the whole shebang won't let me actually deactivate any previous activations.
So now I'll have to contact their tech support and ask them to kindly de-activate a previous activation for me, just so I can load titles I already bought onto my new device using my new laptop. Thanks, DRM!
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