Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

TechForensics writes "A few days' testing of Windows 7 has already disclosed some draconian DRM, some of it unrelated to media files. A legitimate copy of Photoshop CS4 stopped functioning after we clobbered a nagging registration screen by replacing a DLL with a hacked version. With regard to media files, the days of capturing an audio program on your PC seem to be over (if the program originated on that PC). The inputs of your sound card are severely degraded in software if the card is also playing an audio program (tested here with Grooveshark). This may be the tip of the iceberg. Being in bed with the RIAA is bad enough, but locking your own files away from you is a tactic so outrageous it may kill the OS for many persons. Many users will not want to experiment with a second sound card or computer just to record from online sources, or boot up under a Linux that supports ntfs-3g just to control their files."

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pcgia3506d ago (Edited 3506d ago )

That sucks bigtime, I like my PC running it so far... Although I have not done testing like that yet on it.

hfaze3506d ago (Edited 3506d ago )

I have been running the x86_64 version of Windows 7 since Beta 1 first became available, and I have not run into any DRM issues yet.

Windows Vista is giving me a really hard time with Rhapsody and Plays4Sure (Rhapsody to Go), while Windows 7 works perfectly with Rhapsody and my SanDisk Sansa MP3 player...

Also, I find it funny that the things that the author is claiming are issues are things that you legally SHOULDN'T be doing (running application cracks, looping audio from your output to your input to record streams from ANY application)

If anything, it makes you wonder if the Photoshop crack issue isn't Windows Defender doing its job... There could have been an issue with the crack for Photoshop CS4 for Windows like there was for the PIRATED version of CS4 for the Mac... ;-)

xabamo3506d ago

Go figure, I got a failed submission due to somebody claiming it is a repeat story. How is it a repeat story when the article discusses the faults in the other article?

See my news story here:

paul-p19883506d ago

good way to avoid DRM, get Linux :)

donalbane3506d ago

Running Linux means no PC gaming though, correct?

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whatis3506d ago (Edited 3506d ago )

I started looking around for alternative OS's when I first heard about all of the dodgy DRM stuff they were including in Windows Vista.

Anyone could see that it was only going to get worse in Windows 7.

Linux Mint is where it's at for me atm. "From freedom came elegance" :).

Consoldtobots3506d ago

lol these people never learn

Microsoft just needs to go away, instead of being the champions of open platforms and thus burying Apple in the process, they are even worse.
At least Apple has quality on its side.

hfaze3506d ago

While I really do enjoy holding "Hate Microsoft" rallies... ;-) They still do have a valid place in the market as far as PC operating systems and applications.

This article reeks of FUD. I have been using Windows 7 for a while now on my laptop, and I can honestly say that I'm rather impressed with what I have seen out of Beta 1. And this is coming from a Linux/UNIX/Mac OS X fanatic.

The easiest way to sum up Windows 7 is that it is what Vista should have been. It is a MUCH more solid and streamlined OS than Windows Vista. Performance is good, OS resource footprint is MUCH smaller than Vista, and stability is MUCH better than Vista SP1.

BTW... 20" iMac running OS X 10.5.6 FTW!!! :-)

Hutch23553506d ago

That we try and end computer piracy of any kind. Quit stealing. If you can't afford something then you don't get it.

JsonHenry3506d ago

Stop making me feel like a crook and causing my PC harm because someone else is stealing stuff.

Nothing sucks worse than actually buying my products off the shelf and having to install a cracked executable because the game will not start from the disc.

Proxy3506d ago (Edited 3506d ago )

Any attempt to stop piracy through DRM is either:

1) Extremely limiting - About half your legitimate customers are raging mad (and probably putting together a class-action suit) because their software they legitimately purchased isn't working.

2) Completely useless - A click here, a download there; a 4 year old can bypass your security. You spent too much, or not enough, developing your DRM.

Most importantly: It's not Microsofts job to be the piracy police.

Kushan3506d ago (Edited 3506d ago )

Right, *cracks fingers*, this article was already heavily debunked on slashdot (the source here) already, allow me to summarise as to why it's full of crap:

Firstly, the user "gets rid of an annoying nag screen" in Photoshop by replacing a DLL with a different once. The program stops working and they attribute this to the "Draconian DRM" in Windows 7


What they've actually done is broken the program themselves. They claim it's a legit version of photoshop, so why did they feel the need to replace a DLL with a different one to get rid of the nag screen?
Those of you who have pirated Adobe CS4 probably know that there's actually quite a few cracks out there for it and what's more, most of them don't actually work. Whatever way Adobe programmed the software, it appears to "crack" then a few days later the nag is back OR the program stops working altogether. The user in this case used a bad crack on CS4 and when it broke, decided to blame Microsoft. We know this because they didn't actually state what DLL they changed and what they changed it to. Imagine you opened AdobeCS4.exe in notepad then deleted some random "text" from the middle of it and it suddenly stopped working. That's literally what the user has done here.

Next, the user complains that they were locked out of the "Local Settings" folder and couldn't access it no matter what they did due to restrictions from the OS, once again blaming MS.

Once again, RUBBISH!

The user is, actually, a complete idiot. Here's a look at the folder they're talking about:

Now look at that and notice the folder called "Local Settings"? Also notice that it has a shortcut arrow beside it? Well, get this, it's not a real folder and never was inside Windows 7. Older versions of windows used to store application data here, but from Vista it was moved to a new folder, AppData (you can see it at the top). The "Local Settings" shortcut we see there is actually what's called a "symbolic link". In simple terms, if a program tries to save data to "Local Settings", windows can automatically redirect it to AppData, same for reading. This is for legacy application support (poorly written applications, anyway) and there is NO REASON you would want to change this. The data the user was "denied access to" was in AppData/Roaming/Adobe the whole time and wasn't restricted at all. Looking at that screenshot, you'll notice LOTS of familliar sounding folders that are shortcuts, such as "Application Data" and even "My Documents". If you opened a command line and navigated here, then went to "Cd Local Settings", you would see it redirect you to the new location of Local settings stuff.

And finally, the quip about recording audio. Once again, they give almost no information on anything and just blame Microsoft for it not working. What sound hardware were they using? A professional card? A creative sound blaster? Some cheap onboard stuff? And what about the drivers? It's a beta OS, so they are likely beta drivers (i.e. unfinished and...buggy). Unless they actually give out more information, it's speculative at best (And many of the commenters on slashdot reported this as being false after having tested it themselves).

So yeah, sorry for the long read, but this article is absolute FUD and I wanted to debunk it. If you don't believe me, read some of the comments on slashdot and see for yourself.

JsonHenry3506d ago

Kushan, I am your newest, biggest, fan!

Proxy3506d ago

As for the loop-back audio recording.

I thought Vista might be blocking loop-back recording from my sound card. Then I decided to actually install the drivers, and suddenly it worked. Can't expect generic Windows drivers to provide full functionality.

Hitmaker3506d ago

A detailed and concise retort. Better, even, than the arstechnica rebuttal.

good show!

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