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'Digital locks' future questioned

Dark Atheist

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One of the world's largest hard disk manufacturers has blocked its customers from sharing online their media files that are stored on networked drives.

Western Digital says the decision to block sharing of music and audio files is an anti-piracy effort.
The ban operates regardless of whether the files are copy-protected, or a user's own home-produced content.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7136069.stm
 

ray_gillespie

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Ha! I was just about to post this myself :)

It's pretty scary stuff, I don't see how:

a) Anyone with a brain would buy one of these
b) How it would work
c) How some sort of work-around couldn't easily be found
d) Whether this is actually what is seems or whether the press have just exaggerated it considerably.

Very interesting anyway - I'm just glad it's WD and not Seagate :)
 

epk

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i think those only block video and audio files... so, apparently, the only copyrighted things in this world are music and movies :p
 

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