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ZDNet: Linux users say SDMI contest a trick

“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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