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Microsoft DRM Patent Could Revive Peer-to-Peer Music Nets

Sep 23, 2009, 17:36 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexander Wolfe)

"This is significant because, while centralized music stores like Apple's iTunes have forsaken DRM, the Microsoft patent would enable peer-to-peer networks to reemerge as viable, albeit protected, content sources.

"The patent, number 7,594,275, is entitled simply, "Digital rights management system." Granted today (Sept. 22), it was filed in October, 2003, which undercuts the implication in my introduction, about why anyone would bother at this late date.

"In 2003, when Microsoft's patent application was filed, the whole "Web wants to be free" versus "evil corporations with their DRM" argument was in full flower. That debate hasn't been resolved -- if you ask me, there's still no justification for people stealing songs."

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