BSkyB halts film downloads due to cracked Microsoft DRM

“UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has temporarily shut down its fledgling broadband film service after software provided by Microsoft was cracked, enabling the digital protection to be stripped,” Jeffrey Goldfarb reports for Reuters.

“The problem, caused by hacking software FreeUse4WM, also affected sports clips on the Sky by broadband service, which was launched in January,” Goldfarb reports.

“The software giant said it was devising another patch, after already having rushed out an earlier one when the initial software was cracked. A new version of FreeUse4WM broke through the patch,” Goldfarb reports. “A Sky spokesman… declined to comment on when the broadband service, which was halted on August 31, would be up and running, deferring questions to Microsoft.”

Full article here.
Microsoft, a bunch of real geniuses, huh?

Regarding any and all existing and/or potential cracks of Apple’s FairPlay DRM: Apple doesn’t offer a subscription service. Therefore, unlike with the FairUse4WM crack of Windows Media DRM, the threat of people stealing all of the music they can in a month for just $14.99 or during a free trial period is nonexistent for Apple. Besides, you can already do the exact same thing as FairPlay cracks do today legally by burning a CD from iTunes.

Related articles:
Microsoft working to update Windows Media DRM cracked by FairUse4WM – August 29, 2006
Microsoft’s PlaysForSure cracked: FairUse4WM strips Windows Media DRM – August 25, 2006


  1. It is a massive problem when your entire business model depends on one vendor.

    I’m nto saying Apple is any better off, or that Fairplay is bullet proof, but atleast Apple controls its own destiny with this one.

  2. Why install additional software to strip away Apple’s DRM when you can use iTunes to do it yourself? In iTunes 7, there is a little button that says “Burn Disc.” If your preferences are set correctly, once the burned CD mounts, it will automatically re-import DRM free.

    I love how folks make things more complicated than they really are. Too funny.

  3. Thank you Napster and Microsoft.

    No really.

    Thank you very much.

    I know quite a few friends who have downloaded well over 40 gigs of music over the past couple of weeks. For free too.

    They signed up with napster, downloaded none stop for one week, and then canceled their free trial. Removed the Miscrosoft DRM, renamed the files to remove the [non-dmr] stuff added to the front of the songs, imported them into Windows iTunes, then copied the iTunes ACC versions over to the mac.

    One guy I know did it on a mac running parellels.

    Wrong. Yes.

    But, the recording industry trusting microsoft is just plain stupid.

    So yea for Microsoft and Napster. 40 gigs of free high quality music.

    Before chewing me out, I didn’t take any of it. Music sucks now a days. I only listen to audiobooks and napster didn’t have any of those.

  4. Am I expected to cry for one of Rupert Murdoch’s companies (Sky is part of the same NewZCorp Cabal that brings us the Faux Newz Channel) because they are stupid enough to put their intellectual property in the hands of Micro$oftopoly’s BS technology.

    I thought Bill Gates was the genius that was dedicated to bringing us ‘Trustworthy Computing’– not to be confused with trusted computing. Trusting your treasure to Microsoft is like letting a convicted sex offender babysit your kids. Seriously.

    Another one PLAYED ‘FER SURE by Micro$oftopoly’s promises of security.

  5. Why install additional software to strip away Apple’s DRM when you can use iTunes to do it yourself?

    Um, uh, er… Because re-importing means a loss in quality!!

    (Wait… People who care about quality don’t download compressed music in the first place.)

    Well… well… I want to play the music on other devices!

    (Wait… Almost nobody owns devices that will play .m4a files. I’d have to convert to MP3 anyway.)


    (Hymn is retarded. If you’re gonna pirate, pirate. What are you proving by giving Apple 99c, then pirating?)

  6. Plays for Free.

    By the way, Apple are in no way immune on this one. It’s a likely scenario that they may only get some of the major movie studios onboard if they offered a subscription-based system. Both apple and ms DRM have been cracked, so there is no room to apply a fanboy stance here.

  7. Once again, most of the posters don’t get it.

    1. This is not a political subject. Do you understand the concept of shutting up about your politics, leftists? One of the reason people are sick of your positions is that you never shut up about them.

    2. Morality isn’t relative. (Company A gets stiffed and it’s OK — stick it to the man! Company B gets stiffed and that’s wrong!) Grow up and get over your tribal mentality. On the other hand, I hear that Islam always needs more people to think in such retarded terms.

    3. As business models go, Apple is much less vulnerable than Napster, Real, and others. When a fair-priced product is on the market and it’s convenient, people will buy it. That’s what iTunes music proved. So there’s that as a deterrent. Also in order to get the stuff from Apple, you have to buy it first. Apple already has the money! Real and Napster can lose big time because for $15 or so, you could inflict hundreds of dollars of loss upon them.

  8. Most music stolen is likely not worth paying money for anyhow. That is, stolen music is probably worth what the consumer paid to get it – nothing. The brutal economic fact is, those that steal music are setting the actual monetary value of the music – zero dollars. It seems to me that if you truly value the music you listen to paying money for it is easy.

    I don’t steal, I pay for my tunes. My hypothesis, the better the music, the more likely people will pay to obtain it. Of course, I could be full of shit and living in a fantasy world. Still, I would like to know exactly what demographics steal the most music and what “artists” are being ripped off. Most of the “artists” complaining about stolen music probably release the worst quality music. I suspect that 99.9% of the music stolen are not the tunes I listen to.

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