How to Buy Ebooks From Anywhere and Still Read Them All in One Place

Most ebook sellers try to lock you into a particular ecosystem. If you don't mind buying from the same company every time, this isn't too bad, but you lose the ability to comparison shop, as well as making it difficult to switch apps. Fortunately, there's a way around this problem. » 3/28/14 10:20am 3/28/14 10:20am

A New Study Says You Sell More Music If You Get Rid Of Content Locks

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems are used on things like ebook and movie files to make them more difficult to share. During the Napster era the major record labels got on board with DRMs in a big way hoping that they could reduce piracy by locking their music files down. But a new study shows what we've all… » 12/01/13 5:51pm 12/01/13 5:51pm

Why DRM in Cars Is Going to Drive Everyone Mad

Forget extra cup holders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a "feature" that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair, and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce that… » 11/14/13 7:00am 11/14/13 7:00am

Microsoft Just Gave Up On Its Xbox One DRM

Microsoft has caught a lot of heat for restricting the sale and trading of used games on Xbox One, and requiring the consoles to phone home every 24 hours for verification. Basically, for having hefty DRM. Well good news for whiners everywhere: Microsoft is giving up. » 6/19/13 4:27pm 6/19/13 4:27pm

Splitsider Presents: A Place to Buy Awesome Comedy Where the Artists…

The push towards DRM-free distribution has come in fits and spurts; Louis CK helped pioneer and popularize the model, but to date there still hasn't been a centralized hub where you can buy high-quality comedy, for a little bit of money, that the artist gets to keep. » 4/24/13 9:00am 4/24/13 9:00am

The DRM on This Chair Makes It Melt Down After Eight Uses

Nobody likes DRM. Well, The Man likes DRM, but none of us little people. It just hamstrings use for honest folk and makes things infinitesimally more difficult for pirates. It's the kind of thing that only "makes sense" for digital goods, hence the name. But the folks over at ECAL decided to show off how wacky it is… » 3/02/13 6:00pm 3/02/13 6:00pm

Unlocking Your Phone Is Illegal Starting Tomorrow

You may remember that last year, the DMCA exemption on unlocking phones was smacked down. Well it's going into effect this Saturday. So starting tomorrow, unlocking your phone will be officially illegal. Yay. » 1/25/13 11:51am 1/25/13 11:51am

Amazon Deletes Woman's Account and Kindle Data, Refuses to Explain Why…

Amazon's terms of service grants it basically god-like authority over its domain, but we all buy in because we believe that the company will be benevolent with its power. That's not always the case. Here's the story of a user whose account was deleted and her Kindle wiped with no explanation whatsoever. » 10/22/12 1:56pm 10/22/12 1:56pm

New Patent Could Saddle 3D Printers With DRM

One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing technology - the ability to make replacements or parts for household objects like toys, utensils and gadgets - may be denied to US citizens thanks to the granting of a sweeping patent that prevents the printing of unauthorised 3D designs. It has all the makings of the… » 10/18/12 4:52am 10/18/12 4:52am

Seven Ways to Stop Piracy Without DRM

Piracy's a fact of life. As a defence against having their intellectual properties swiped, cracked and traded online like so many baseball cards, a lot of companies have turned to Digital Right Management; a move that seldom does more than temporarily slow pirates and enrage paying customers. Fortunately, there's a… » 2/02/12 2:00pm 2/02/12 2:00pm

Hollywood Openly Wants to Turn Netflix Into a Cesspool of Shitty…

It's been obvious for a long time that Hollywood is not exactly BFF with Netflix, most obviously manifested in the rental windows that make subscribers wait a month for new moviesif not longer—as Hollywood tries to milk as much DVD revenue as possible before it all dries up. Despite Hollywood's efforts to cramp its… » 3/08/11 10:49am 3/08/11 10:49am

Amazon's Android App Store DRM Policy Isn't So Crazy After All

Despite some worrisome earlier reports, Amazon has clarified the DRM policies for their forthcoming Android App Store and they're actually not that crazy at all. Whereas it was initially thought that Amazon App Store-downloaded apps would need to check in with the mothership every time they were launched (thus raising… » 3/07/11 6:05pm 3/07/11 6:05pm