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Comixology announces DRM-free copies for some titles

Comixology announces DRM-free copies for some titles

Avid comic book readers will be quite familiar with Comixology's digital library. They might also be well versed with how those copies are pretty much all "protected" by DRM technology. Comixology is now changing that status quo just a bit and is now offering DRM-free backups, in PDF and CBZ formats, but only for some select titles and publishers.

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GOG Galaxy online gaming platform takes on Steam

GOG Galaxy online gaming platform takes on Steam

GOG is stepping up its game and will soon be encroaching on Valve's turf. It has just announced what it calls the GOG Galaxy, a DRM-free online gaming platform that will be offering almost everything that Steam's platform does, but with more freedom than Steam can probably ever give.

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Keurig 2.0 pod DRM will lock out unofficial coffee pods

Keurig 2.0 pod DRM will lock out unofficial coffee pods

Pod coffee maker Keurig is clamping down on unofficial suppliers for its single-serve machines, confirming that it will be using DRM in its new range - dubbed "Keurig 2.0" - to prevent brewers from working with unlicensed pods. The move is reminiscent of printer ink, many of the cartridges for which have long included a chip that prevents unofficial refills from being installed. In fact, the argument Keurig gives is much the same as that of Epson, HP, and others.

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Digital music sales increase when DRM is removed

Digital music sales increase when DRM is removed

For a long time the music industry was convinced the only way to protect their sales and digital tracks from pirates was to ladle in loads of DRM. DRM caused issues for music fans, preventing them from listening to their music on any device they wanted. Over time, DRM has been slowly phased out as it proved unable to stop piracy.

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DRM coming to HTML 5 with W3C approval

DRM coming to HTML 5 with W3C approval

The music industry, Hollywood movie studios and other companies who create content are always out for more DRM to be added at every turn. These content creators are always concerned with people getting access to their content without paying for it and this fear led to a massive uprising in the amount of DRM we all have to deal with. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced that it's moving forward with plans to add DRM to HTML 5.

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Apple FairPlay did not violate antitrust laws, court rules

Apple FairPlay did not violate antitrust laws, court rules

Amidst its legal battle over ebook price fixing accusations, Apple has received a ruling in its favor on another lawsuit. Back when iTunes still used the FairPlay DRM, Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit claiming that the protection system violated anti-trust laws. Though FairPlay was dropped from the service back in 2009, the lawsuit has only now come to a close.

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Image Comics becomes first US publisher offering DRM-free downloads

Image Comics becomes first US publisher offering DRM-free downloads

Anyone who enjoys comics and prefers to go the digital route knows the frustrating aspect of not actually owning the material. Though the price for online copies of various comics is often equal to the price of a paper copy, DRM has been a staple of major US publishers as a way to mitigate what is expected to be rampant piracy when the restrictions are removed. Image Comics has eschewed this convention, however, announcing that it will allow a digital comic purchase to be downloaded.

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Text-juggling ebook DRM uses unique watermarks to track pirates

Text-juggling ebook DRM uses unique watermarks to track pirates

A new DRM technology is being developed in Germany that gives every ebook a unique watermark of sorts, so that publishers can track them and see who is pirating copies. With the popularity of ereaders and ebooks on the rise, publishers are looking for new ways to combat the rise in piracy on ebooks, especially expensive ones.

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Shedding DRM hasn’t increased piracy says sci-fi publisher Tor

Shedding DRM hasn’t increased piracy says sci-fi publisher Tor

If you're a fan of science fiction books, odds are you've read something published by Tor Books. Tor is the largest publisher of science fiction content in the world. Last April the company decided to shed all digital rights management in its digital e-books. The move was met with concern from competitors that piracy would run rampant.

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Louis C.K. will sell upcoming HBO special for $5

Louis C.K. will sell upcoming HBO special for $5

Comedian Louis C.K. has announced via his Twitter account that he plans to sell his upcoming HBO special for $5 after it debuts, but it won't be available until after a few months from its air date. Louis C.K. also notes that the standup special will be available worldwide and will also be DRM-free.

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Ubisoft abandons always-on DRM in PC titles

Ubisoft abandons always-on DRM in PC titles

Ubisoft has made a rather huge announcement, saying that it will no longer implement its much-hated always-on DRM in its PC games. Ubisoft's worldwide director for online games Stephanie Perotti announced the big news in a particularly hard-hitting interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, saying that the company has been listening to feedback from players and has decided to ditch the controversial form of digital rights management. Hopefully this decision sticks, because while always-on DRM may make investors happy, it certainly has the opposite effect on paying customers.

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Ubisoft claims 93-95% piracy rate on its PC games

Ubisoft claims 93-95% piracy rate on its PC games

Piracy on PC is a big deal for publishers, but Ubisoft always seems to be in the spotlight when there's a new story on piracy or DRM. It's hardly a secret that Ubisoft has major issues with piracy, but before it's never really gotten down to hard numbers. Today, that changed in an interview with GamesIndustry International, in which Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Ubisoft experiences a piracy rate of 93-95% on its PC games.

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