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Salon.com: Is the SDMI boycott backfiring?

Oct 03, 2000, 21:23 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Janelle Brown)

"Programmers don't want to help the recording industry test its new security "solution." But the technology insiders behind the system say hackers could kill it once and for all by participating."

"On Sept. 15, the Secure Digital Music Initiative issued the "Hack SDMI" challenge, offering enterprising hackers $10,000 if they could successfully break the proposed SDMI watermarking system. The response from the hacker community -- led by vocal leaders of the open-source software developer community -- was immediate, negative and even vicious. Everyone from the editor of Linux Journal to the readers of Slashdot to the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation lashed out against SDMI. If they weren't denouncing it as a corporate attempt to freeload off of hacker brainpower, they were railing against the damage SDMI would wreak on the possibilities for online distribution of music."

"But hackers aren't the only people unhappy with SDMI. The hack-SDMI challenge is revealing deep fissures within SDMI itself -- a rift separating the technology companies charged with implementing digital watermarking from the entertainment companies that want their music protected now. Specifically, the technology companies are convinced that the watermarking "solutions" SDMI has created are fundamentally flawed."

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