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12.08.19

Can We Quit Celebrating DRM in GNU/Linux?

Posted in DRM, GNU/Linux, Videos at 6:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Or do we want the system to become another Vista?

Ballmer on DRM

Summary: Over the past couple of days various news sites and “Linux” sites expressed great satisfaction [1-5] over the passive embrace of Disney’s DRM ploy (Disney+), even when Disney itself rejects DRM, seeing the harms practically caused by it [6,7]

References:

  1. Disney+ Now Works on Linux, No Workarounds Required

    Disney launched its new video streaming service in the USA and Canada last month to much hype and attention (it scores 10 million subscribers in the first day alone).

    But many Linux users in those countries who’d been hoping to tune in to watch shows like The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series were left disappointed.

    For although rival streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime work “out of the box” on Linux in web browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Disney+ didn’t.

  2. Disney+ Now Works in Linux After DRM Tweak

    Linux users can now stream shows and movies from the Disney+ streaming service after Disney lowering the level of their DRM requirements.

    When Disney+ was first launched, Linux users who attempted to watch shows and movies were shown an error stating “Something went wrong. Please try again. If the problem persists, visit the Disney+ Help Center (Error Code 83).”

  3. Disney+ finally works on Linux!

    A little more than three weeks after the new Disney+ movie streaming service went officially live, the Disney company has added Linux support to their Widevine DRM protection. No more “Error 83”. No more need to install the Windows version of Chrome in Wine. Watching your favorite movies is now possible in the native Linux browsers – both Mozilla and Google based. Firefox will download the Widevine CDM (content delivery module) automatically, Chrome has the support built-in and for my Chromium package and other Chromium-based browsers you;ll have to install my chromium-widevine-plugin package.

  4. Disney+ finally works on Linux!

    A little more than three weeks after the new Disney+ movie streaming service went officially live, the Disney company has added Linux support to their Widevine DRM protection. No more “Error 83”. No more need to install the Windows version of Chrome in Wine. Watching your favorite movies is now possible in the native Linux browsers – both Mozilla and Google based. Firefox will download the Widevine CDM (content delivery module) automatically, Chrome has the support built-in and for my Chromium package and other Chromium-based browsers you;ll have to install my chromium-widevine-plugin package.

  5. You Can Now Stream Disney+ On Linux Computers

    With Disney+ now lowering the DRM requirements, Linux users should be able to watch their favorite shows like The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

    In order to stream the Disney+ service on Linux devices, users need to ensure that DRM is enabled in their browser.

  6. Disney’s Decision Not To Renew SecuROM License Bricks ‘Tron: Evolution’

    Show of hands: who remembers SecuROM? Alright, put your hands down, we can’t see each other anyway. So, SecuROM was a really bad DRM used by several publishers to “protect” video games, by which I mean it mostly just annoyed legitimate buyers, got some of those publishers sued, and ultimately made the game unplayable on modern operating systems. The track record is enough to make you wonder why anyone would use DRM at all after this whole debacle.

  7. The Curse of Outdated DRM Claims Another Victim, ‘Tron: Evolution’

    As of this week, players who owned a legitimate copy of Tron: Evolution they paid for but never played it, no longer can. Tron: Evolution, a tie-in game for the 2010 Tron: Legacy film , used SecurRom, a form of digital rights management (DRM), and publisher Disney hasn’t paid its bill. This means Disney can no longer authenticate purchases and “unlock” copies of the game that people bought but haven’t used yet.

    Players first noticed they couldn’t play the game after purchasing it in October, but a thread on Reddit today brought more attention to the issue.

    “I often buy games on sales, but don’t play them immediately,” user Renusek said on Reddit. “Yesterday I decided to play Tron: Evolution, maybe even practice speedrunning it, so I install the game, try to activate it (game still uses SecuROM DRM) and… the serial key has expired (?!).”

11.24.19

Prof. Moglen on Privacy and Social Control Media

Posted in Videos at 5:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Source/direct: re:publica 2019 – Eben Moglen: Why Freedom of Thought Requires Attention

11.10.19

Video: Dutch Media on EPO Protest

Posted in Europe, Patents, Videos at 5:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The new video added by SUEPO on Saturday in order to show Dutch media coverage of last week’s protest in The Hague


Credit: SUEPO

07.31.19

Jim Zemlin: Open Source Loves Microsoft

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Videos at 10:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The Linux Foundation‘s Jim Zemlin, who does not use Open Source, tells us how Open Source feels about Microsoft

10.12.17

Former Microsoft Employee Explains Why Microsoft ‘Embrace’ of GNU/Linux and Free/Libre Open Source Software is Like W3C Entryism

Posted in Microsoft, Videos at 5:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Microsoft’s latest moves are “EEE” that “concern” him, according to this new video

02.09.17

Video: 123rd Session of ILO Tribunal Judgments Session Talks About EPO

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents, Videos at 4:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Sending cases back to the lion’s den (EPO) is hardly helping…

Staff demo

Summary: The ILO has done little or nothing to redeem/protect EPO staff, except pointing out that the EPO itself offers no justice (not that ILO does much better)

UNDER limited viewership (see that awkward notice at the bottom*) the ILO has just published this video (we have made a local copy just in case, as access restrictions might be enforced and we might want to crop out bits of it later).

Here it is as embedded and streamable (via Google):

The English decisions are starting at 1:33:20 and some were mentioned in this post last night.

We lack the time to comment on the above, but it’s mostly self explanatory anyway. We have a UPC petition on its way and there’s a lot of news from the US regarding patents, but EPO remains our top priority for now (as nobody else seems genuinely willing to cover the subject and media blackout facilitates the abusers).
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* “This video is unlisted,” it says when one hits the Share bottom. “Be considerate and think twice before sharing.”

01.01.17

Video: French State Secretary for Digital Economy Speaks Out Against Benoît Battistelli at Battistelli’s PR Event

Posted in Europe, Patents, Videos at 4:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

One among many politicians, including several French ones, who are fed up with Battistelli


Summary: Uploaded by SUEPO earlier today was the above video, which shows how last year’s party (actually 2015) was spoiled for Battistelli by the French State Secretary for Digital Economy, Axelle Lemaire, echoing the French government’s concern about union busting etc. at the EPO (only to be rudely censored by Battistelli's 'media partner')

03.22.16

Why Bayerischer Rundfunk Videos About the European Patent Office Have Been Removed

Posted in Europe, Patents, Videos at 6:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A short explanation of why Techrights has removed all videos which cover the European Patent Office (EPO)

A copyright infringement letter was sent to me today, claiming that the videos with the subtitles (foreign languages) — videos that help shed light on serious abuses at the EPO — must be removed. I complied within an hour or so, without consulting a copyright professional (such as a lawyer).

These videos are not accessible anywhere else on the Web, these videos are not being used to generate any profit here (we’re a non-profit site), so it remains elusive why they should be forgotten for good.

We already saw that EPO management had strong words about the program and it reacted to these videos quite fiercely more than once (internally, but leaked to us), hinting at action, potentially legal action.

I removed all the videos, which I thought qualified for distribution under Fair Use (for several reasons beyond the aforementioned reasons). This post is an effort to at least clarify what led to this purging action.

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