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O'Reilly Holds DRM Debate at Mac OS X Conference 59

suzanne writes "A panel discussion was just added to the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, moderated by Dan Gillmor. He and Cory Doctorow, J.D. Lasica, Victor Nemechek, and Tim O'Reilly debate the expansive, pro-customer stance on DRM built in to Mac OS X. (Oh, and in case you don't have enough toys to play with yet, the complete conference schedule is available via iCal, Apple's latest groovy app.)"
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O'Reilly Holds DRM Debate at Mac OS X Conference

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  • by vitaboy ( 610992 ) on Tuesday September 24, 2002 @12:04AM (#4317126)
    Uh, excuse me, but isn't Palladium a Windows-based DRM technology? I very much doubt we'll see Palladium on the Mac. Secondly, I think the purpose of the conference is to underscore the fact that Apple is taking a PRO-CONSUMER stance with regards to DRM, from iTunes use of MP3s to the ease with which one can burn CDs and DVDs. The debate is whether Apple will continue taking this pro-consumer position or whether they'll cave in like Microsoft and Intel to the forces of the RIAA and Hollywood. At least that's how I read the announcement.
  • Re:Apple... (Score:2, Informative)

    by wilseven ( 610336 ) on Tuesday September 24, 2002 @10:41AM (#4319157)
    um, they ported maya already...

  • by sg3000 ( 87992 ) <> on Tuesday September 24, 2002 @01:23PM (#4320423)
    > No warning, no dialogue, no music.

    when I plug my iPod into a different Mac, I get a dialog box asking if I want to associate this iPod with this new Mac. If you click yes, it will delete all your music and then autosync with the new Mac. If you click no, you're safe. Apple's Knowledge Base has more info [] on this.

    You must have accidentally dismissed the dialog box without really reading it.
  • Re:Apple and Gateway (Score:3, Informative)

    by gerardrj ( 207690 ) on Tuesday September 24, 2002 @04:02PM (#4321954) Journal
    AS another poster mentioned, Steve (the undeniable voice of Apple) at the Grammys stated that Apple believes consumers should control their own content while being discouraged from illegal copying. Not the word discouraged, not prevented.
    Apple has put that philosophy in to action with the iPod... no DRM. You CAN get the songs from an iPod to another computer, they just don't support it, and contorted things a litte. They discouraged copying, but did not prevent it.

    With Rendevous they encourage streaming version of MP3 and video sharing while generally preventing copying by default. Any two Macs with AiirPort and Redevous enables will be able to listen and watch each other's content, but unless specifically shared as a folder via the sharing panel, it will not be copyable.

    So pretty much at every point where Apple has to decide between enabling or restricting consumer choice, they choose to enable consumer choice while discouraging abuse, but not eliminating it. I think this goes simply beyond just spouting a tag line.

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