[BALU] DRM enforced on storage?

Mr. Panzer panzermkz at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 12 13:35:05 CST 2007

yea noticed that earlier.


Number of weapons found... 

[long pause] 


>From UV

> Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 08:42:39 -0600
> From: jgoodguy at charter.net
> To: members at lists.bham-lug.org
> Subject: [BALU] DRM enforced on storage?
> from http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/networking/?p=407&tag=nl.e040
> "I just read an article 
> <http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2007/12/07/western_digital_drm_crippled_harddrive/>tipping 
> off unsuspecting consumers to Western Digital’s network storage problems.
> Western Digital’s ‘My Book World Edition 
> <http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=347>’ is 
> specifically designed to make peoples life easier. The sales page tells 
> people: “This storage system and all the files on it are always 
> accessible when you need them, even when your local computer is turned 
> off,” and “Listen to your music while on vacation”. It’s impossible to 
> miss the box advertising the My Book as having enough storage for 
> 250,000 MP3’s or 400 hours of DVD quality video. Now that all sounds 
> pretty standard so what’s the problem?
> Tucked away deep inside the Western Digital support site is a list of 38 
> types of media file that can’t be accessed via the WD Anywhere Access 
> feature. The list 
> <http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1495&p_created=1168641440&p_sid=bLTfVJLi&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9NSw1JnBfcHJvZHM9MCZwX2NhdHM9MCZwX3B2PSZwX2N2PSZwX3NlYXJjaF90eXBlPWFuc3dlcnMuc2VhcmNoX2ZubCZwX3BhZ2U9MSZwX3NlYXJjaF90ZXh0PS5hdmk*&p_li=&p_topview=1> 
> is extensive and includes all popular file types such as AAC, MP3, MOV, 
> WMV and WMA. So if you buy one of these how exactly are you going to 
> “listen to your music while on vacation”? Western Digital claim this 
> restriction is ‘Due to unverifiable media license authentication’. This 
> really does raise the question of whose job it is to police the 
> enforcement of digital rights. Should we be stopped from copying MP3 
> files to USB keys or memory sticks? Will software companies start 
> blocking the transfer of media files over HTTP and FTP just in case they 
> aren’t licensed?"
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