Showing posts with label Uniloc. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Uniloc. Show all posts

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Wikipedia... really good article on DRM

Yet again someone really has outdone themselves on an article regarding DRM on Wikipedia... the article includes summaries of many main DRM technologies and a failry complete listing of all the anti-DRM resources available on the net. Ill be researching these links soon to make sure we at Uniloc are addressing as many of the issues as we can with the release og Polite Copy Control in the near future...

Wikipedia.. search term DRM
Digital Rights Management (generally abbreviated to DRM) is an umbrella
that refers to any of several technologies used by publishers or copyright
owners to control access to and usage of digital data or hardware, and to
restrictions associated with a specific instance of a digital work or device.
The term is often confused with
copy protection and technical
protection measures
; these two terms refer to technologies that control or
restrict the use and access of digital content on electronic devices with such
technologies installed, acting as components of a DRM design.

$1.5 billion case lost by Microsoft

Microsoft lost a case for $1.5 billion in damages for ignoring patent ownership in the case of MP3 (an almost free audio compression technology). Makes me wonder what the damages should be for a technology that is worth up to a quarter of all their sales?
clipped from
"A U.S. federal jury found that Microsoft Corp. href=",1540,2097780,00.asp">infringed audio
patents held by Alcatel-Lucent
and should pay $1.52 billion in damages,
Microsoft said Thursday. The news comes after reports that U.S. Supreme Court
justices expressed doubts about whether Microsoft Corp. href=",1895,2097387,00.asp">should be liable for
infringing AT&T Inc. patents
in Windows software sold overseas."

No fly list... are you on it?

This web page uses the same algorithm as the feds listing system... check for your name... or you on it?
clipped from
According to published reports in the Washington Post and elsewhere, the federal
government is using an algorithmic software product known as Soundex to search
databases for potential terrorists. Developed in 1918, Soundex removes vowels
from names and applies numerical values to remaining consonants. Names are
matched according to those resulting numerical values.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Windows Activation yet even more Aggressive

Just as the Uniloc people and I get a handle on how to do polite DRM Microsoft comes out with yet another damaging practise to turn even more people off the idea of enforced copy control.

Microsoft WGA Phones Home Even When Told No

Posted by CmdrTaco on
Wednesday March 07, @11:51AM

from the huge-shocker-here

Aviran writes “When you start WGA setup and get to the
license agreement page but decided NOT to install the highly controversial WGA
component and cancel the installation, the setup program will
send information stored in your registry
and the fact that you choose not to
install WGA back to Microsoft’s servers.”

Another Bank falls to Ron Katz patent enforcement

The nonexclusive license covers services offered by Cullen/Frost Bankers,
Inc. and The Frost National Bank in the “Financial Services Call Processing”
Field of Use including customer service delivered through automated systems and
live agents. Other terms of the license were not disclosed.

Ron Katz is probably the single biggest private patent licensor/ inventor in history. His strategy of going after infringers from the biggest first is really paying off for him. It remains to be seen if courts will require inventors to actually try to produce products based on their invention rather than just licensing patent rights.

Yet another call to dump DRM... the time is ripe for Polite Copy Control

DRM is too clunky… too publisher centric and just plain unworkable… its more about squeezing dollars out of punters rather than the ethical imperative… to stop mass piracy…

The debate over digital-rights management is coming to a head. On the one hand, efforts to implement technology to prevent the copying of consumer-oriented entertainment is increasingly viewed as ineffective. Indeed, no less an industry figure than Apple CEO Steve Jobs has called for the elimination of DRM. At the same time, content providers continue to search for a magic technical elixir that’ll protect their revenue streams against unauthorized copying.

Vi Labs partnering with Us.

Vi Labs partnering with Us.

Weve spent a while looking at wrapper partners and these guys are really up there. Good solid code and anti hacking strategies… we should go a long way together…
clipped from

A technology partnership was inked with Uniloc USA, a
leading provider of device-locked product activation software. The resulting
product integration allows Uniloc softANCHOR™ and CodeArmor to ensure that protected applications run only on authorized PC’s.

Add comment March 11th, 2007

Monday, January 8, 2007

Discussion: Consumer Software Activation and Try&Buy

Consumer Software Activation and Try&Buy over the web are the two most powerful and pervasive usage models of machine locked copy control as demonstrated by the models almost exclusive use by the worlds top software publishing companies including Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe and Intuit. Other forms of digital distribution and online license management are very popular and in common use, however these two simpler forms of machine locked copy control have proven to be the only realistic options when large numbers of consumer customers are involved are large scale site or OEM licensing of software.

Summary of common types of digital copy control for software publishing.
Criteria for evaluation of Activation and Try&Buy technologies
3. Table comparing popular Activation and Try and Buy Technologies.

Summary of common types of digital copy control for software publishing

Software Activation: A simple system of copy control that requires that the software phone-home to a copy control server and verify that the limit of the count of devices that can be used for each software licesne has not been exceeded.

Consumer Try& Buy:

Criteria for evaluation of Activation and Try&Buy technologies

Transparency to end customer experience.


Impact on customer services: Quality of customer hardware change detection

Flexibility across distribution channels.

Ability to contain overinstallation

Impact on publishers code integrity and impact on code fix count/ management

Ability to withstand concentrated hacking attacks.

Ability to contain instances of successful hacking.

Web Statistics