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Wednesday, December 07, 2005
  A nice puff piece on the sheer schtoopidity of trying to implement a viable DRM strategy
Wired News: Music Man Cracks DRM Schemes: "Years before Sony's rootkit scandal made DRM folly a subject of international news, Halderman was already keeping a close eye on the music industry's technological measures. When, in 2003, DRM-maker SunnComm International introduced a new approach to copy protecting audio CDs in its MediaMax software, Halderman checked it out.

His research revealed that the new discs installed software that interfered with the user's ability to copy the audio CD at a kernel level. 'It was radically different than anything before; it turned the computer against the user,' says Halderman.

The software used a Microsoft Windows feature called AutoRun that executes software on a CD without the user's knowledge or consent. Holding down the Shift key stopped AutoRun and prevented the software from being installed. Halderman wrote about the software, and the 'infamous Shift key attack,' in an academic paper and posted it online. Within 24 hours, SunnComm was threatening a $10 million lawsuit, and vowing to refer Halderman to authorities for allegedly committing a felony under the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA."
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