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December 20, 2002

Geekroar Reborn (and DRM experienced)

Posted by Mike on December 20, 2002 11:10 AM

Leopoldo Marino has redesigned as a film blog. Film Talk already has a collection of things to read and some interesting links. One to follow. For starters, he found a link to "Gollum's Song" from the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers soundtrack, worth checking out as much for the music as it is for a live, in-the-wild example of DRM in action via Windows Media Player.

Update: Hmmm... it appears the DRM-protected WindowsMedia file they're pushing has a few more requirements than mere ability to run the WM Player, at least under OS X... it also wants your default browser to be Internet Explorer, so it can push a DRM certificate onto your machine via a plugin that doesn't look to be available to Mozilla (or variant) users. Once you've let IE be the default browser long enough to do that, you can set it back to whatever you want.

Not the worst inconvenience ever perpetrated to get at a media file, but yet another reminder of how DRM can serve more than one agenda by making more than just the media player the must-have app on a system, and perhaps also readable as a small news bulletin from the front during the ongoing mop-up operation that is the browser war.