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Friday, January 13, 2006

2005 Year in Review: Legal Actions

Legal developments concerning DRM-related issues in 2005 were dominated by the US Supreme Court's decision in MGM v. Grokster, which the court rendered at the end of June. In this decision, the justices came down unanimously in favor of the media industry and effectively against not only the codefendants, Grokster and Streamcast (developers of Morpheus peer-to-peer software), but their P2P brethren as well.

SonyBMG Offers Settlement to Copy Protected CD Suits

SonyBMG Music has submitted a tentative settlement to a class action suit over damages to users' PCs caused by CD copy protection technologies from First4Internet and SummComm. The settlement, which requires a judge's approval, calls for consumers to get exchanges for non-protected CDs, cash refunds, and merchandise credits. More importantly, SonyBMG is agreeing to abandon its use of current versions of both First4Internet's XCP and SunnComm's MediaMax technologies. Parties to the suit include the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the State of Texas.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

2005 Year in Review: DRM Technologies

The major trends in DRM technology continued in 2005 without very many changes from 2004.