Sunday, July 22, 2007

How the RIAA wants your internet radio experience to work.

The RIAA is proposing mandatory DRM requirements for digital radio. The system they point out to for example is developed by Media Rights Technologies and you can see an example of it on their demo radio site.

To listen to radio protected with this DRM system (the one the RIAA is proposing), you must install the "SeCure X1 Recording Coltron" software.

To make a long store short here's the hoops you have to go through to listen:
  1. You must be running Windows. No MacOS, No Linux.
  2. You have to download their player which entails restarting your computer which installs special software to interact with your sound card. This may involve "root kit" technology.
  3. You can't use a stand-alone hardware player like the Roku or the Squeezebox.
  4. Use of the software is not allowed in certain countries due to US Export laws, including Iraq and Cuba. So US Forces cannot listen to internet radio in many overseas locations that they are deployed to.
  5. You can't use iTunes or Winamp to listen to streams.
  6. The software can't be installed on a "virtual operating system", so Mac/Linux users can't even use it under a virtual machine.
  7. The software doesn't work with external (USB) sound devices

I tried to check out their player and report back to see what it does, but my PC is a Mac running Parallels and it won't install. If you are adventurous, and have a PC, try installing their software and see what happens. My understanding on how it works is that it utilizes all the available DSP power of the WIndows sound manager, which keeps you from being able to record the audio with a loop-thru analog trick.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous ren said...

1. You must be running Windows. No MacOS, No Linux.

Well that will kill internet radio for me, entirely.

Money grubbing S.O.B.'s.

July 22, 2007 1:49 PM  
Blogger Wil Wheaton said...

What a bunch of idiots.

I guess they weren't content to kill just the music industry.

Thanks for all the updates, Rusty.

July 22, 2007 7:13 PM  
Anonymous DomPierre said...

Only in America. Once again the French have it right and the US has it wrong.

Oh, Those Crazy French! by John Dvorak

...“The French are also skeptical about the whole movie-piracy phenomenon. Why should illegally downloading the equivalent of a $19 disc result in a $250,000 fine and 5 years in prison? Shoplifting a $100 item from a store—which is tangible and real—has fewer consequences. Does this make any sense to anyone? The French don’t think so. Illegally copying movies or downloading should be like a traffic ticket—perhaps a $100 fine. Now they are being accused of ‘encouraging’ piracy. How’s that? $100 is a lot of money,” Dvorak writes. “The American tendency to prioritize poorly seems to be thematic. It took yet another new twist when a get-tough stance against Wi-Fi poaching cropped up in Illinois. Yes, forget burglary, where someone steals something tangible. Instead, we need to bust Wi-Fi poachers… Law enforcement should not be wasting the taxpayers’ money looking inside every car where they see some guy sitting reading a newspaper, in hopes of finding a Wi-Fi poacher… I’m moving to France.”...

July 23, 2007 5:13 PM  
Blogger MadJo said...

Thanks for the updates, Rusty.

I feel powerless, living in The Netherlands, and unable to help stop the break down of web radio, by these clueless power/money hungry music industry clowns, sharks and lawyers.

I hope you can make a deal with SoundExchange and the copyright royalties board.

Haven't they learned from the CD, DVD and HD-DVD scandals that DRM does not help solve their perceived 'problems'?

July 24, 2007 7:13 AM  
Anonymous DomPierre said...

From the keep-it-up dept . . . .
A Detailed Look At How Prince Embraces New Music Distribution Strategies

and

From the misunderstanding-markets dept . . . .
Is Radio Bad For Music? Not Really, But The RIAA Will Say So

July 25, 2007 11:22 AM  

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