Windows Media 11 DRM destroys your digital rights

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  1. Joe Moore

    Joe Moore Is Not Jim... Administrator

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    So it's come to this. Windows Media Player 11's new DRM is absolute murder for your digital files. Here's some highlights:

    - Buy DRM music or video and it must stay on that PC. You can't back it up or movie it to another PC.
    - WM11 no longer allows you to back up your licenses.
    - If you lose your license then you lose the right to play the media
    - If you rip music with the Copy Protection turned on, the WM11 DRM is applied to them. So forget to turn that option off means you can't put that ripped music on your portable player or any other device.
    - Anything you Tivo through your PC is automatically removed after 3 days, regardless of whether you watched it or not.

    http://www.boingboing.net/2006/09/21/windows_media_player.html

    Welcome to your digital future.
     
  2. Elvin Pena

    Elvin Pena <b><font color=red>CyberCon is #1!</font></b> Veteran

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    Thankfully there are many alternatives to WM.
     
  3. Optimus-JD

    Optimus-JD Team Laser Explosion!

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    Good thing I don't use Windows Media Player.
     
  4. Joe Moore

    Joe Moore Is Not Jim... Administrator

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    Indeed.
     
  5. MegaMoonMan

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    Screw that whole mess.
     
  6. Zero Prime

    Zero Prime Windows user no more

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    Ok people, besides Quicktime, whats a good alternative to this?
     
  7. funkatron101

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    Is this curently with the beta release?

    Also, what stopping you from removing 11 and using an older version? They didn't really add anything vital.
     
  8. Elvin Pena

    Elvin Pena <b><font color=red>CyberCon is #1!</font></b> Veteran

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    Media Player Classic (6.4), believe it or not. With the right codecs you can play and do just about anything with, including DVD playback.
     
  9. ckhtiger

    ckhtiger old skool fool

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    so for someone like myself that just downloads mp3's from dc++, would I be affected by this?
     
  10. Eradicator

    Eradicator I am Antithesis

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    I use Musicmatch, btu I don't think it does video.
     
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    Switchblade Just a raggedy man

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    I've grown rather fond of VLC Player myself.
     
  12. Frank Horrigan

    Frank Horrigan YAR! I be posting!

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    Core Media Player is a good one too. Nothing it can't do.
     
  13. RandomFerret

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    Winamp, Jetaudio, those are good ones
     
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    Spekkio Master of War

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    I'm all for supporting Apple myself. DRM, yes, but not excessively evil, and our best hope against the Microsoft empire.
     
  15. Frognal

    Frognal Prodigal Son Returned

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    The hell with that.
     
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    Vangelus Long Live the New Flesh Moderator Content Contributor

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    CoreCoded.com's Core Media Player is my personal preference. Does everything for free except DVDs.
     
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    Eric Per sempre marciamo.

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    DivX has become my primary media player. And it's not because I have to play codec-embedded files on it, it's because...

    I can pause videos with the spacebar. :p 
     
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    Winamp.

    For video files, I usually use the program that came with my TV card. I can use the remote, that way.

    Let's all give Microsoft a big thumbs up, for encouraging people to seek out alternative media software.
     
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    i use WInamp and VLC Player....
     
  20. misterd

    misterd Well-Known Member

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    1. There are no such things as digital rights. Just rights.

    2. What you think of as your digital rights? You never had them.
     

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