Under The Microscope

DRM In The New iPod Shuffle

The EFF’s Fred von Lohmann, on the new iPod Shuffle and its horrendous headphone-related DRM:

“Normally, of course, independent headphone makers could simply reverse engineer the interface. The “authentication chip” is there so that Apple’s lawyers can invoke the DMCA to block those efforts. So this shows us, yet again, what DRM is for — not stopping piracy, but rather impeding competition and innovation.”

Sometimes companies can claim that their DRM has a valid purpose. But this is just pathetic, and really serves to illustrate exactly what’s wrong with the DMCA.

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