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A New Study Says You Sell More Music if You Get Rid of Content Locks

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems are used on things like ebook and movie files to make them more difficult to share. During the Napster era the major record labels got on board with DRMs in a big way hoping that they could reduce piracy by locking their music files down. But a new study shows what we've all thought for a long time: It doesn't help. And in fact DRM hurt sales. Read More >>

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Travellers Beware: Google Play Might Delete All Your Books

It's easy to forget that owning something digitally is way different from owning it for real. And if you do forget, it can bite you in the ass. That's what happened to Jim O'Donnell when he traveled into Singapore and found that Google Play Books app on his iPad had up and deleted all his ebooks. Read More >>

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Does Microsoft's Xbox One DRM U-Turn Make You Want to Buy It?

There are two ways you can look at the whole Microsoft dumping its Xbox One draconian always-on DRM thing. One, it's amazing, the best news ever -- down with DRM. But there's also the opinion that Microsoft backing down has damaged the future of console gaming. Me? I'm not so sure. But what do you think? Read More >>

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The Xbox One Just Got Way Worse, and It's Our Fault

Microsoft announced last night that its much-maligned DRM policies won't look at all like they originally had originally been described. They're going to more relaxed, sort of like the PS3's. Good news, you say? No. Bad news. The Xbox One just got worse. Read More >>

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Microsoft Just Gave Up On Its Xbox One DRM

Microsoft has caught a lot of heat for restricting the sale and trading of used games on Xbox One, and requiring the consoles to phone home every 24 hours for verification. Basically, for having hefty DRM. Well good news for whiners everywhere: Microsoft is giving up. Read More >>

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Microsoft Outlines Full Used Game Plan and Xbox One's Draconian Online Requirements

Microsoft wanted to talk about TV integration at Xbox One launch event, but all we wanted was crystal clear clarification of its "always-on" internet requirements and what, if any, forms of DRM may be in place to restrict sales of used games. Now, after weeks of fuss and nonsense, we know. Everything's on the record. Read More >>

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Gamers Come Together to Rage Against Next-Gen Console DRM

Influential gaming forum NeoGAF is attempting to channel the fury and confusion over Sony and Microsoft's home console cloudy DRM plans, formulating a coordinated plan to register as much anger over next-gen restrictions that may limit trade of used games. Read More >>

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If We Give In to Always-On DRM This is What the World Will Be Like

If Microsoft doesn't relent and Sony backtracks, going ahead with its anti-piracy and used-game-blocking plan, this is what the world would be like. The always-on DRM war that'll kill us all. Read More >>

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Bug- "Fixing" SimCity Update Bursts Your City's Poop-Pipes

As if SimCity players haven't had enough of putting up with EA's always-on DRM nightmare of a game, there's now a new form of excrement to deal with thanks to a bug that breaks the city's sewers and introduces many more problems than it's supposed to fix. Read More >>

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"Always-On" Angry Xbox Man Resigns From Microsoft

Adam Orth, the Microsoft man who accidentally sort of confirmed that the next Xbox will have an "always-on" internet requirement when he went mad about it on the internet, has now left the gaming company. Read More >>

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Microsoft Apologises for Employee's "Always-On" Next Xbox Twitter Rampage

Microsoft has issued an apology for an employee's outburst regarding the next Xbox's supposed always-on internet connectivity requirements, in which he suggested users just "deal with it" and expressed his smug happiness that he lived somewhere with a decent internet connection. Read More >>

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You'll Need an Internet Connection to Start Xbox 720 Games With Just Three Minutes to Reboot Your Router If It Drops

The overbearing DRM rumours continue to swirl around the next generation Xbox. Kotaku has it from two separate sources that you will indeed need a persistent internet connection, both to start the game and to continue playing it. You'll also need to be quick on the reboot trigger if your connection dies. Read More >>

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Leak Reinforces Rumours of "Always Connected" Future Xbox

A new leak seems to reinforce claims that Microsoft's next-generation "Durango" Xbox will require mandatory game installation and have an "always on, always connected" internet policy. Read More >>

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Sim City-Sufferers Earn Themselves a Free Game and More Apologies

Those who've spent the last few days trying, failing and trying again to play the new Sim City on PC are about to be rewarded for their patience, with publisher EA dishing out an unspecified free PC game as consolation. Read More >>

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Sim City Temporarily Pulled From Amazon US Amid DRM-Fueled One-Star Review Rampage

There's an almighty fuss surrounding EA's newly launched Sim City update, with the PC game's always-on internet requirement leading to delays and queues when trying to connect to a server to play the thing -- and causing Amazon US to temporarily suspend sales as users vent their one-star fury. Read More >>

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You Don't Own the Books on Your Kindle

On a dark and stormy night, an employee of your local bookstore strolls into your home, starts tossing books you'd purchased over the last few years into a box, and - despite your protest - takes them all away without saying a word. Read More >>

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