Lawyer: DVD Jon should expect call from Apple over doubleTwist

“A notorious Norwegian hacker known as DVD Jon is preparing for another run-in with the music industry after he released software that lets iPod owners copy music and videos bought from iTunes and play it on other devices,” Jonathan Richards reports for The Times Online.

“The software breaks the copy protection – known as ‘digital rights management’ or DRM – that is built into all music that is bought from iTunes. Music bought from iTunes can be played only on the iPod,” Richards reports.

“DoubleTwist, DVD Jon’s company, maintains that its service is legal, but lawyers said that Apple would almost certainly seek to shut it down because the law now specifically targeted technologies which attempted to circumvent measures such as DRM,” Richards reports.

“The program gets around Apple’s DRM software by replaying a song in fast-forward and taking a copy of the audio track, using a process similar to that by which a CD is ‘ripped’ – or copied – to a computer,” Richards reports.

“Lawyers today [said] that the law had taken steps to protect Apple’s efforts to control the way its music could be played, and that anyone circumventing measures such as DRM risked being found guilty of copyright infringement,” Richards reports. “‘I would be astonished if doubleTwist doesn’t get a call from Apple,’ Paul Jones, a partner in intellectual property law at the London-based firm Harbottle & Lewis, said.”

More in the full article here.

21 Comments

  1. The only surefire solution to stop DVD Jon…. ELIMINATE DRM!!! Then he wouldn’t have anything to do.

    Apple(leaning back in chair staring at the ceiling): DVD Jon, please stop. You’re going to make people buy more songs from us and un-DRM them. Pllleeeaaassseee sstt..zzzzzzzzzz!

  2. Now might be the time to check out a short term subscription for a month or two (anyone doing a Free one month music trial subscription?) I could every song in their catalog in 30days and use DoubleTwist to remove the Windows DRM and recode the WMA file into an AAC files. Delete the chaff cancel the subscription and have ten’s of thousands of dollars in digital music for free. Humm, sign me up!!!

  3. @cosmos: “shouldn’t laws be written to make sense and protect the general public, NOT a specific industry?”

    Cosmos, people who own copyrights on creative or intellectual property ARE part of the general public. An industry may grow up around these individuals, but the laws are created to protect the individual, not an industry.

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    @ripper: Apple should care because they most likely have contractual obligations with the record companies to maintain the integrity of their DRM. Do you think it would benefit anyone at this point to have a slew of record companies pull their content from iTunes for breach of contract? I’m not saying they would, but Apple’s inability to fulfill its obligations vis a vis DRM would not help them in the next rounds of negotiations.

  4. sounds like the same old Real Networks + “Harmony” patch of Fairplay-encoded music again. And we all know how that played out. Apple swats away another irritating mosquito with either a cease and desist or by issuing another iTunes software update, breaking the hack.

  5. DRM is not the problem. If you agree to a license, you are bound by it. If you don’t like it, buy from somewhere else, and/or complain. The greatest threat in this area is general copyright law, and the desires of some to make it even more restrictive. In general, people should be free to own and do what they please with what they posses. Further restrictions should be special, mutually-agreed upon arrangements, and not common law.

  6. Hell yes! He can expect a call and a letter from Apple’s legal department.

    If he’s lucky, that’s all he will get.

    He needs to be using his talents to be working for Apple or some other company instead of this kind of things.

    Of course truth be told…this is the sort of thing Jobs and the Woz used to do as well.

    Times change, but people don’t.

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