REMOVING DRM LEGALLY

16. February 2007, 14:36 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Many on-line suppliers of music embed DRM technology in their product which limits where you can play the content, and how often.

Stripping this technology out of the content files by “cracking” the encryption is illegal in many places (notably the United States of America). One can often acheive the same ends in a legal manner by using the following procedure:

  • Create a playlist of all the items you would like to backup.
  • Copy the media files to Audio-CD format using standard CD disc burning software options.
  • Once the content has been burned to disc, rename the original download files to indiate they contain the DRM protections.
  • Insert the newly burned CD into your drive and then use the Import CD option to copy the songs back into whatever player was originally used.
  • The music files in the player are now stripped of their DRM technology.

    NOTE: This technique is presented and intended solely to enable the backup, archiving and transferance among your players of content to which you have a right to use. It is not intended for piracy or other illegal uses and such usage is highly condemned. Based on a sidebar in PC World, March 2007, pp.84

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