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[NYTimes]Microsoft May Build a Copyright Cop Into Every Zune

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http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/0...ref=technology

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If you like to download the latest episodes of “Heroes” or other NBC shows from BitTorrent, maybe you shouldn’t buy a Microsoft Zune to watch them on.

A future update of the software for Microsoft’s portable media player may well include a feature that will block unauthorized copies of copyrighted videos from being played on it.

Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it would start selling video programming for the Zune, mainly TV shows. These include programs from NBC Universal, which has pulled its shows off Apple’s iTunes Store.
Interesting article and love the comments afterward.

WTG MS. I really want to get a Zune now.
    
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Isn't any potential copy protection destroyed by many media converters anyway?
    
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post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by Tufelhunden View Post
Interesting article and love the comments afterward.

WTG MS. I really want to get a Zune now.
I would love to read the comments afterward (and the whole article for that matter) but you forgot the source link...lol

EDIT: Source
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post #4 of 21
So dont pirate movies and you wont get the boot.. why is this a bad thing OP?

Id take my zune over an ipod anyday of the week.
    
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Maybe they should stop trying to fix something that isn't broken and try to fix all the RRODs people are getting from GTA4.
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post #6 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Higgins View Post
So dont pirate movies and you wont get the boot.. why is this a bad thing OP?

Id take my zune over an ipod anyday of the week.
In the comments below the article someone raises an interesting point:
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Especially as there will be no way to tell an illegal copy from a legitimate one.

For example: I rip my own DVD of an NBC show and then push the file through a video compressor. This is a legitimate backup copy of work I own a license to watch (by purchasing the DVD in the first place). But how will the Zune know the difference between my legitimate copy and an “illegally†downloaded one? Here’s the short answer. It won’t. So, my legitimate file won’t work on the Zune.
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post #7 of 21
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I would love to read the comments afterward (and the whole article for that matter) but you forgot the source link...lol

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Fixed! Sorry. Doh!
    
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Fixed! Sorry. Doh!
No prob it happens.
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post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Hayday View Post
Maybe they should stop trying to fix something that isn't broken and try to fix all the RRODs people are getting from GTA4.
GTA4 causes the RROD? Hmm...cause 3 of my friends with an XB360 all got the RROD after getting GTA4 last week. What's with this?
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no one wants to quote where they specifically say "exploring options" instead of "implementing XYZ".. well don't let me stop the MS hatefest.
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