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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: Microsoft's digital rights management scheme reportedly cracked

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Date sent:      	Fri, 19 Oct 2001 14:30:36 -0700
To:             	politech@politechbot.com
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject:        	FC: Microsoft's digital rights management scheme reportedly cracked
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Subject: Microsoft DRM v.2 cracked
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 11:22:22 -0500
From: Andy Ringsmuth <andyring@inebraska.com>
To: "Declan McCullagh" <declan@well.com>


Declan, from The Register:

An anonymous coder named 'Beale Screamer' claims to have broken the
Version-2 Microsoft digital rights management (DRM) scheme, and has
produced the source code and a DOS utility to un-protect .WMA audio

The author's zipped file contains a lengthy description of the MS DRM
weaknesses, a philosophical tract explaining why he thinks it
necessary to crack, the source code, and the command-line utility.


Hopefully this means that we can still listen to and share music as we
please, without someone else (Big Brother) constantly looking over our

-Andy Ringsmuth

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