Is Microsoft joining forces with the RIAA?

CallTheFBI

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I tried to play an MP3 I got in Windows Media Player and got some message that led me to this web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/privacy/9splayer.aspx

Go there and scroll down until you see the part that says: "Microsoft Digital Rights Management". I guess they are trying to stop piracy through Windows Media Player. Nothing to keep people from playing MP3s through winamp or a bunch of other MP3 players though so what would be the point? I wonder what they are trying to do.

Check out this blurb from the page:

"By default, Windows Media Player will attempt to acquire a license when you try to play the secure content if one was not issued to you by the content provider when you downloaded the content. If the content provider requires a fee or some type of registration, the license server will prompt you for this information;"

 

EagleKeeper

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I think that when you rip a MP3 using Media player, it has an option to "license" the file.

Dangerous precendent, who knows what else gets transmitted back and could be available for later use?
 

Nothinman

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Of course they're going to be working with the RIAA and MPAA, it would be stupid for them not to. Which is one reason I use Linux, no big corporate controlling entity that's more interested in pushing shoddy products than making good procuts.