Microsoft working to update Windows Media DRM cracked by FairUse4WM

“Microsoft has said it is working to close a breach of its technology that protects music digital files from copyright infringement,” The BBC reports. “A program called Fairuse4wm has been posted on the net and is said to be capable of bypassing Microsoft’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) system.”

“It could spell problems for internet music shops, potentially enabling users to download unlimited files,” The Beeb reports.

“Microsoft said it hoped to deploy an update to fix the problem soon. DRM is used to control people’s access to digital data. It is commonly employed on music downloading sites to restrict the use of music purchased and downloaded online to ensure copyright is not infringed,” The Beeb reports.

The Beeb reports, “The program apparently strips Windows Media audio (wma) files of Microsoft’s DRM 10 or 11 protection, removing any usage restrictions.”

The Beeb reports., “Marcus Matthias, senior product manager, Windows Client Division, said: “Microsoft is aware that a tool recently surfaced that circumvents Windows Media Digital Rights Management technology. ‘Fortunately, the Windows Media DRM system has built-in renewability, we have an update to address the circumvention, and are working with our partners to deploy this solution.'”

“Some internet music sites, including Napster, offer monthly subscription services where users can download an unlimited amount of music. This is controlled by DRM technology, so if a payment is missed, the user can no longer listen to any of their songs,” The Beeb reports. But by removing DRM protection from the files, users could potentially download and keep many files. Microsoft was not available for immediate comment.”

Full article, in which Jupiter Research analyst Mark Mulligan hilariously and ridiculously calls Microsoft “the big gorilla of the digital media space,” here.

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23 Comments

  1. developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers,

    Another case of developers gone awry?

  2. “…users could potentially download and keep many files.”

    You mean, like, thousands? tens of thousands? millions?

    Yeah boy, you can d/l and keep forever every “rented” music file you’ve got.

    At least with ITMS, even after you’ve stripped away the DRM, you’ve STILL paid for the tune.

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