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ZDNet: Linux users say SDMI contest a trick

Sep 15, 2000, 08:41 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa M. Bowman)

"Some Linux lovers say the record industry is using them as a free consulting service to improve SDMI encryption."

"SDMI is a technology initiative launched by the record companies to crack down on piracy. In the coming weeks, SDMI will try out a variety of security measures, with plans to eventually adopt a hacker-tested technology that will prevent people from playing bootleg songs on SDMI-compatible hardware."

"However, some Linux lovers say the record industry is only using the hackers as a "free consulting" service to help it crack down on legal uses of music in the future, in an attempt to exert unprecedented control over when and where people play songs."

"The Linux Journal is urging readers to sign a letter saying they won't play along."

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