[bookshare-discuss] Fw: [PM] Hackers break Amazon's Kindle DRM
- From: "Chela Robles" <cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx>
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- Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:16:13 -0800
----------------"If you go without playing the trumpet for one day, no one knows, two days, only you know, and more than three days without practicing, girl you better look out, because everyone will know!" Today, I find myself constantly saying those words, just to get myself going, to not give up, and it works. Since I learned to play the trumpet at the tender age of 10, I have spent so much passion and much diligence with that instrument that I will not give up on it. Sometimes my instrument puts me into awkward situations where I feel like they won't ever end, but the trumpet gives me a lot of hope with the majestic, crystal-clear sound it brings to my ears.
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To: "'The PAC Mate User List'" <pmlist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 4:11 AM Subject: [PM] Hackers break Amazon's Kindle DRM
Hi Everyone, Here is a news item that may pique the interest of some PMO users. I am posting this here for FYI only, not to encourage hacking. As a result, I wiped out the links which allow you to get the stuff you need to hack the DRM in the Kindle for PC and the Kindle. If people want these things theywill have to go looking on the web for it themselves. While I hate DRM with a passion, I'm not sure I understand the point in this. I mean, you can getpretty much everything that is in the Kindle store from Fictionwise andother ebook stores on the web. What am I missing here? DRM only hurts the honest, paying customers, and not the people who would have media or contentfor free. Gene Hackers break Amazon's Kindle DRM An Israeli hacker says he has broken copyright protections built in toAmazon's Kindle for PC, a feat that allows ebooks stored on the applicationto work with other devices. The hack began as an open challenge in this (translated) forum for participants to come up with a way to make ebooks published in Amazon's proprietary format display on competing readers. Eight days later, a user going by the handle Labba had a working program that did just that. The hack is the latest to show the futility of digital rights managementschemes, which more often than not inconvenience paying customers more thanthey prevent unauthorized copying. Once upon a time, Apple laced its iTunes-purchased offerings with similarDRM restrictions that evoked major headaches when trying to do something assimple as transferring songs to a new PC. When reverse engineeringspecialist DVD Jon neutered the mechanism, that was the beginning of the endto the draconian regimen, which Apple called, ironically enough, Fairplay. But most vendors don't bow so gracefully or quickly out of thereverse-engineering arms race. Witness, well, Apple, which regularly issuesiPhone updates to thwart users who have the audacity to jailbreak the devices they own. Texas Instruments has also been known to take action against customers who reverse engineer calculators. Amazon representatives have yet to indicate how they plan to respond. Queries put to a spokesman on Tuesday weren't immediately returned.According to a translated writeup of the Kindle hack here, Amazon engineers went to considerable lengths to prevent their DRM from being tampered with.The Kindle for PC uses a separate session key to encrypt and decrypt each book "and they seem to have done a reasonable job on the obfuscation," the author says. The crack comes courtesy of a piece of software titled unswindle, and it's available here. Once installed, proprietary Amazon ebooks can be convertedinto the open Mobi format. And from there, you can enjoy the content any wayyou like. ________________________________________ The Frequently Asked Question page is at: http://www.pacmategear.com/FAQ/ Please feel free to add your suggestions for an FAQ! Don't forget to check out: http://www.pacmategear.com ! _______ PMList mailing list PMList@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx http://pacmategear.com/mailman/listinfo/pmlist_pacmategear.com To unsubscribe, send a blank email to: PMList-unsubscribe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxand don't forget to reply to the confirmation email!
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