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Wal-mart Reverses Decision To Shutdown Digital Music Drm Servers


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Wal-Mart has reversed last month's decision to shut down its digital rights management servers, a move that would have forced customers of the company's online music store to transfer their purchases to CDs in order to keep playing the tracks on a PC.

In a customer e-mail, Wal-Mart said the reversal followed buyers' feedback. "What this means to you is that our existing service continues and there is no action required on your part," according to the e-mail posted on the tech-enthusiast site Engadget.

 

 

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So if you burn your songs to a CD, bought from Wal-Mart that contians DRM, isn't that illegal ??

 

Let me say this about DRM: Removing DRM from any downloaded files is illegal and remarks on how it should be done should not be discussed on this Roxio forum. However, that does not mean I agree with DRM.

 

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It could be worse.

 

In New Zealand the Parliament has recently passed an amendment to their Copyright Act, requiring Internet Service Providers to cut Internet access to any users accused of breaching copyright. The amendment was initially rejected by a 'Select Committee' of the Parliament, but was sneaked back into the bill by a government Minister during a late night sitting.

 

No charges, evidence, proof or trial are required. Just an accusation. Having one MP3 song on your computer would probably be 'an infringement', but this law doesn't even need that. The accusation is enough, and music companies can just turn up with reams of addresses obtained from the Internet and tell your ISP "Off with their heads" and it will be so.

 

http://it.gen.nz/2008/09/25/cutting-off-yo...f-infringement/

 

 

It's a good thing the DMCA [which Senator McCain supported] doesn't go to such lengths. He is disputing YouTube's policy of immediately taking down videos when someone makes a DMCA complaint about them. It seems that all his campaign videos are being complained about. Imagine if all his sites and those of his supporters were cut off from the Internet!!

 

 

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So if you burn your songs to a CD, bought from Wal-Mart that contians DRM, isn't that illegal ??

 

Let me say this about DRM: Removing DRM from any downloaded files is illegal and remarks on how it should be done should not be discussed on this Roxio forum. However, that does not mean I agree with DRM.

 

Frank...

That would depend on the licensing agreement that came with the service and the tracks you purchased. Of course, I'm not sure of the exact wording in the DMCA but it would be funny if the licensing agreement allowed you to burn the CDs, but because doing so removes the DRM, the agreement ran afoul of the DMCA. :rolleyes:

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