Digital music protections cracked

A group of researchers claims to have defeated four different technologies being developed to prevent computer users from listening to copyright music for free.

Researchers at Princeton University, Xerox PARC and Rice University said they were able to remove invisible security measures placed on four music files by the Secure Digital Media Initiative - a group of 200 music, telecommunications and consumer electronic companies.Any reasonably sophisticated computer pirate intent on illegally distributing copyright music files could do the same, the researchers said. The claim, if true, strikes at the heart of efforts to protect copyrights and prevent people from listening to music for free using technology such as Napster.

"I believe all four of these schemes would have been cracked by pirates if they had been deployed," said Edward Felten, an associate professor of computer science at Princeton.
An SDMI representative said Monday that it was too early to verify the researchers' claims, but that complete circumvention of all four security schemes was a "fairly low-probability event." He said that even if the technologies were defeated, it would not prevent SDMI from devising strong and effective security measures.

"I expected some would have fallen," said SDMI's Talal Shamoon. "This is part of an empirical process to get the best technology." The security measures are designed to prevent illegal copies of songs that have been sent over the Internet from being played on a computer or by a portable digital music player. Devices that comply with SDMI would reject any files without the invisible security measures.

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Digital music protections cracked

I am a representative of napster, and I will like to inform everybody with Napster you should be safe. What I mean is Napster will stay we have planed that and because of all our support from fans and bands such as Limp Bizkit, and Britney Spears with all this support I think we are unstoppable. We have the biggest music program on the net and we will not lose that privlege at any cost! any questions email me or write it down on this board.

Digital music protections cracked

The poor fools at SMDI's research labs,there will never be a user friendly way to encrypt music to their satisfaction, if they had their way they would lock up music with a Blowfish DES encryption and even then it would just be a matter of time until a crack was available. They need to just leave the music the way it is, because like INFORMATION, MUSIC just wants to be FREE. keep on cracking.......

Digital music protections cracked

I think napster rules! I mean come on I listen to alot of techno and all the artists distribut thier music via internet with no locks for free! so if i cant "" get my free songs wich have no locks where can i get them? most of them havent even been releasd on CD! I download alot from napster if anything every one i know has at least purchased 1 CD because of Napster. Im not out to illegaly "steal" songs or sell em. I just want to listen to them and alot of times i have no clue even if they are copy righted.I can understand cases like Metalica in this world of the internet empire dominatin and competition.but we all need to start thinking rationaly. I mean get real, No One is perfect!If Napster goes then Ill be right there for it.My napster name is NebulantRock on!

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