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From INQuirer:

GIANT MULTINATIONAL Microsoft is sending the boys around to website owners who post FairUse4WM.

The software strips Windows Media player of its DRM and enables its music to be copied to a CD.

According to Ars Technica, Vole has sent cease and desist orders to web sites hosting the FairUse4WM program.

One owner of the BG4G got his cease and desist via e-mail. The letter claimed his site was "offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorised activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft."

However there is a bit of a weak point in Vole’s argument. FairUse4WM does not actually use any Volish code to do its work, so is probably not breaking any intellectual property laws.

Although the Vole might have been able to have had a stab at taking the hosting ISPs under the US DCMA laws, which have provisions for cracking, the letters also have come from Microsoft-Antipiracy.com which is based in the UK where the law is a bit more nebulous.

FairUse4WM V1.2.

It's on my own website. Linked here. And once I finally update Superbusnet.com, it'll be in the links section. Funny, as it's technically not illegal. And this one's public, too.

C'mon, Microsoft. Do something about me. My contact information's right in my site's registration information, I'm easy to reach. Send me a cease-and-desist, I'll defy you. C'mon, I'd LOVE to win this one.

EDIT: Don't want to make our friends at Apple feel left out! :D

QTFairUse V6-2.4.

Best used on iTunes 6.x, but there's also experimental support for iTunes 7.0, in case you've upgraded. I upgraded at work, but not here, as I knew the DRM fix was coming.


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Sep. 18th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
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