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Microsoft to upgrade DRM to protect media content

Antony Savvas

Microsoft is planning to upgrade its Windows Media digital rights management (DRM) program, to tackle the recently released FairUse4WM application, which circumnavigates the program.

FairUse4WM allows users to remove DRM restrictions from Windows Media files, enabling them to play files anywhere they like over any period. It can be used to remove Windows Media DRM 10 and 11 protection from digital media files.

The FairUse4WM program was originally designed to allow purchasers of DVDs to convert them to digital files that can be saved and shared on computer hard drives.

Microsoft is aiming to build a business that distributes protected music and video content, to rival Apple’s iTunes, so any system that gets around its DRM is seen as a serious threat by the company.

 


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