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Although the update is not yet widely available

In a response to an application that was originally reported to allow users to strip DRM encoding from Windows Media files, Microsoft has quickly issued a patch that circumvents the utility. Engadget.com originally reported on a small utility called FairUse4WM able to remove DRM information from WMA files to allow playback on any device. 

The new update from Microsoft updates the individualized blackbox component (IBX) that exists in PlayForSure. The update was released on Monday and content service providers received an email from Microsoft advising to install the update. According to the Microsoft's email:

In response, on August 28, 2006, Microsoft released an update to the individualized blackbox component (IBX) designed to ensure that client applications using the Windows Media Format SDK version 9.5 who individualize to this latest version are robust against a new circumvention tool.

Consumers are not at risk in any way. Content services can require that the updates be present in order to issue licenses by following the instructions below. Please note that the version number of IBX was not incremented as part of these updates to avoid delaying the release of these critical breach mitigations. Consequently, the only way to determine if the update is installed is to query the build number of the IBX. This requires code executing on the client.

As of now, the update is not available for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 UR2 users or for the Windows Media Format 9 series FSDK. What's interesting however is that it only took Microsoft a mere three days to issue the DRM fix. Clearly protecting media content is in Microsoft's best interests -- it's highly publicized Zune portable media player is coming.



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Fair Use
By jimmy43 on 8/29/2006 5:13:06 PM , Rating: 2
I absolutely love the fact that this little program is called FairUse4WM, because in essence, it exposes the fact that this patch is really exclusively distributed to take away people's fair use rights. Who in their right mind would apply this patch anyways?




RE: Fair Use
By wrack on 8/29/2006 5:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
They will just mark it as critical and u will have to.


RE: Fair Use
By marvdmartian on 8/30/2006 9:23:12 AM , Rating: 2
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They will just mark it as critical and u will have to.

Um, NO. Not unless you're one of those sheeple that defaults windows update to download and install updates automatically.

I personally allow WU to notify me of updates, but then I decide which ones I will download and install. In windows XP, it's not all that difficult to set it up that way. And then the only thing you deal with is the occasional nag from WU that you haven't installed that specific "critical" update.


RE: Fair Use
By kkwst2 on 8/29/2006 6:20:25 PM , Rating: 2
You will if you use the content services that require it. If I'm reading this correctly, they're encouraging the content providers to limit access to their media to people who have applied the patch. So if you want their content, you'll apply the patch.


RE: Fair Use
By Lazarus Dark on 8/30/2006 12:35:57 AM , Rating: 2
maybe i don't know how this works but couldn't you just copy those drm'd files over to a nonpatched computer and then strip the drm and tranfer it back? then you could still use your urge or whatever, download songs, and they wouldn't know what you were doing on another computer?


RE: Fair Use
By drxploder on 8/30/2006 9:05:21 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to see how long I can get away without the patch.
I've been using napster for a long time and I just "liberate" my files every now and then. I just tested it and it works great. Now if only this thing could do batches, it'd be perfect.


RE: Fair Use
By drxploder on 8/30/2006 8:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
stupid me, it does do batches.


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