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Listen to the music—but pay for it first

作者:木崭    发布时间:2019-03-08 01:19:06    

By Barry Fox MUSIC industry executives last week agreed the first stage of a plan to curb the activities of music pirates. Compressed audio formats such as MP3 have made it easy to download music from the Internet—legally or illegally—and they want to ensure that the new breed of portable player/recorders designed for such formats will only play music files uploaded from authorised computers. Under the terms of a framework agreed by the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), a buyer of such a player will also get a piece of computer hardware or software, without which they will be unable to download music from an SDMI-compliant source. The software or hardware will encrypt the downloaded music files, so only the associated portable player will be able to play them. The idea is to prevent people giving a music file to a friend or placing it on a website from which it could be downloaded free of charge. However, it will succeed only if all the manufacturers of Internet music portables support the SDMI plan—and even then, people would still be able to play pirated audio files on their computers. The SDMI was formed last December when the music industry failed to block the sale of Diamond Multimedia’s Rio solid-state portable MP3 player. Leonardo Chiariglione, the SDMI’s director, says the plan is to build on technology used in the MPEG-2 standard for digital video discs and digital TV, and the MPEG-4 standard for video on the Internet. “SDMI will one day protect movies, games and TV. It’s a fundamental step which lets the seller and buyer agree on a contract. This opens the way for an infinite number of new business models,

 

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