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DRM in web streams

Posted by Stand Clear 
DRM in web streams
January 19, 2007 02:59AM
Here's yet another twist on streaming music across the internet.

The new Congress has barely begun, but the major record labels are already up to their old tricks. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has re-introduced the PERFORM Act, a backdoor assault on your right to record off the radio. Satellite and digital radio stations as well as Internet webcasters would have to adopt digital rights management (DRM) restrictions or lose the statutory license for broadcasting music.

Letters from constituents like you helped beat this dangerous proposal last year -- take action now to block it again:

This bill aims to hobble TiVo-like devices for satellite and digital radio. Such devices would be allowed to include "reasonable recording" features, but that excludes choosing and playing back selections based on song title, artist, or genre. Want to freely move recordings around your home network or copy them to the portable player of your choice? You'll be out of luck if PERFORM passes.

This bill would also mess with Internet radio. Today, Live365, Shoutcast, streaming radio stations included in iTunes, and myriad other smaller webcasters rely on MP3 streaming. PERFORM would in effect force them to use DRM-laden, proprietary formats, so you can say goodbye to software tools like Streamripper that let you record programming to listen to it later.

Tell your representatives to oppose the PERFORM Act now:

Learn more about the bill:

Learn more about related bills:
Re: DRM in web streams
May 09, 2007 10:04PM
Is there any more news on this front? DRM is the devil and makes me want to turn H4XX0R.
Re: DRM in web streams
May 09, 2007 11:58PM
I haven't heard much more about this specifics of the PERFORM Act, but there is an interesting article over at the Economist about why DRM treats consumers like criminals and not as customers that should be appreciated.
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