Japanese RIAA Creates Music DRM For Mobile PhonesAdded: Monday, September 14th, 2009
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How many of you have mp3 files or various music formats on your phones? Do you fancy a popular jingle along with your friends calling you? Maybe even use the phone as a mobile media player? Well buyer beware. New details are coming out of Japan, (the world's leader in mobile phones), that they will no longer stand for such "pirated" music tracks to be allowed on their devices.
With so many phone models coming from Japanese companies, this is something that should worry the consumers. Details are now appearing stating that that the country’s government and music companies are trying to get new technological monitoring system optimized, that is designed to stop unauthorized copying of music on mobile phones. As well repeat offenders could find their phone’s music playing capabilities disabled. If you in fact have a mobile phone, and you have unlicensed music on it, then you need to be wary of this.
A joint coalition, of the Japanese government and the Recording Inudstry Association of Japan (RAIJ), have released details of a joint venture, that will establish a database unheard until now, which is to centralize information about music that is authorized to be downloaded as well as verifying that cellphone users weren’t downloading illegal copies of music files. This is not only an invasion of your privacy, but in fact, a complete monitoring of all media that is placed upon a cellphone you may have purchased.
Think of it like this, iPod and Apple, soley rely on the "pirate" music to market their product after. Facts state that 70%, nearly 3/4 of all iPhone/iPod owners, have illegal music on their devices. What if iPod decided to monitor every piece of media that was placed on all the devices they sold? Then in fact, their stock would plummet as sales decreased heavily. This is why in America, such protocols will not be implemented.
Japan on the other hand (no doubt from increased pressure with the RIAA) have decided to enforce this heavily. They are serious about the removal of copyrighted content from a user's phone. The Japanese government's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry established a working group in April to address the problem and they have worked with the RIAJ to develop ideas that would be effective in fighting illegal downloads to mobile phones, which are becoming more widespread. "We collaborated with the Ministry and developed a proposal that they have decided to pursue," RIAJ spokesperson Yoichiro Hata said.
The next phase of action begins Sept. 16 when the Ministry, along with RIAJ and other interested parties such as mobile providers, will create a council to hammer out details of the plan to battle the illegal activity. Sales of digital music in Japan were worth a record high of ¥91 billion ($987 million) in 2008, according to the RIAJ, but the organization also estimates that a total of 407 million tracks were illegally downloaded to mobile phones the same year. This is up from a total of 399 million in 2007, according to the RIAJ.
It is unfortunate to all of us, who own products from the Japanese peninsula, that such tough-handed acts of invading our privacy and personal lives, are to be enforced without our input. The only real way to protest such decision, is to entirely boycott Japanese made products, which undoubtedly could turn a few executives in the mobile industry to reconsider their planned methods.
"We will move towards creating a consensus among the council on the plan to combat illegal downloading, which could be in place by April, 2010," Hata said. The proposal the Ministry has set forth is based on tracking song information. When a user downloads a music file, tracking information will be sent from the cell phone to a computer server, which will analyze it. The server then judges whether the music file was distributed illegally and, if so, a warning will be sent to the cell phone. If a pattern of illegal downloads is established for that handset, the server will either make it impossible for the handset to download music or render it incapable of playing the music after it has been downloaded.
After all, if they are monitoring our downloads and media which we listen to, who is to say, they are not monitoring our locations, phone conversations, and text messages? In fact they probably are, and with such intents as to hand over download data to anti-piracy, who is to assure you that the next time you say you "want to kill your boss" in a joking manner, that they do not hand that over to authorities for you to be prosecuted?
Of course, this is merely a metaphor, but it opens up the possibility of prosecution without end. This is a risky move by the Japanese, giving into to pressure from the west for sure. My message to all: Research before you buy, if anything, stick to a company which assures to respect your privacy, and not allow such monitoring capabilities to intrude on your day to day lives. After all, you hold the money, and without your money, they cannot sell their products.
September 14th, 2009
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Monday, September 14th, 2009
|They are always watching :D|
|Damn what is next.. I know they aint blaming the economic crisis on us P2P'ers ...lmao|
|Big Brother is always watching....ALWAYS...|
And thats why i use PDA's with linux :D
|Very interesting read obs, thanks, they're always watching.|
They should stop Anti-Piracy corporations, this costs too much money. Why not invest the money in a scheme where ppl pay a very small amount of money literally pennies for any media download.
Pennies spent by everyone all around the globe would add up to be big profits.
They money could be then used to going into other schemes like it, this way there's no money being wasted on following cases which may be thrown out.
This way everyone is happy!
Feel free to erase this post if you wish, its just my thought on the matter.
|yeah!! haha they'll be looking into your living room from a satellite dish - bit like a creature on a bike!! nice one pain! feel free to delete this too.|
|My opinion is this--they can not stop everyone and someone will just figure out a way to go around it like the Bitpim program where people like verizon try to make it impossible to load songs on to your phone as ringtones on a lot of verizon phones) unless purchased through them I do not do this but I have known ppl using the bitpim to convert and create ringtones for the envy2 and phones like it so that's why people like me use these programs, we can not afford such a price as 2.50 to 3.00 US dollars for a single ringtone so let them try and do what they can and I will do what I can until they stop us (which is impossible) even if they stop me there are a 1,000 more to take my place and I recommend ET to everyone I know and I support ET because this is the future and I think that scares them more than anything that is my opinion thanks OBS for the great forums, posts, and everything you do here and everyone else who makes this the greatest sight on the web to me.|
|posted by (2009-09-14 17:32:50)|
|just turn the gps off then they cant track it|
|They can't send everybody to jail or can? jails with|
5 389 374 618 rooms would be nice :)
|is this possible with an sd memory card?|
|posted by (2009-09-14 20:16:06)|
|nice info for the ppl who did not know this but thx anyway|
|posted by (2009-09-14 22:07:32)|
|hal just after carry one of em army radios around on ma back, good article ob|
|lol...so what!!! we will just hack it...like everything else they send out... like windows 7 should be blacklisted....haha|
|hehe, how to stop'piracy'? to make the movies and music cheaper,,that will help us,|
|MagicCrack raises a good point. "sometimes" I would not mind paying for certain material when the quality of it shines. However, for me at least, I would not have found the worthy material had i not downloaded it 1st. Catch 22. See Kings of Leon, Pink, Terminator 4, Each to their own- but you should always give credit where credit is due...THANKS ET / OBS ;)|
|Also given that 99.98% of my downloaded material is genuine and virus free I have greater chance of being able to watch the film as opposed to the DVD shop for example where 99.98% of the hired out discs are scratched beyond home repair. Unless your within the 1st 20 or so hires then trouble is almost guarenteed with Blu-Ray even worse.|
|posted by (2009-09-15 07:42:33)|
|Seriously? what's next???|
I understand this goes for music you download using your phone. What about downloading the music to pc, then connecting the phone to the pc and then copying the music to your phone?
All these measures they're taking is really starting to irritate me. They want us to stop downloading? Than for God's sake don't let us pay â‚¬30,- for a new DVD
|posted by (2009-09-15 09:20:49)|
|I think high prices are one of the main causes for piracy. you have to pay about $60 for a video game !! thats insane especailly after you buy it you realize the game sucks and is full of bugs.|
same goes for music CDs, Ive seen them sell for outrageous prices. if they were cheaper, they would sell more of them.
|Different people with different taste. :)|
|If products, movies, games, and music were made like what they used to be instead of this crap that sounds the same, looks the same, and plays the same; then maybe people would still buy ther s#!t. quality over quantity.|
|I buy albums /movies..if they are worth having. But Im not going to buy an album just to find out there is one or 2 good songs and the rest was just thrown together shit. And f*ck a single. With movies I refuse to pay the price of a dvd to watch it on the bigscreen once. I have my own Bigscreen.|
|screw it use a outdated cell|
|I may be way off here.... but unless its some kind of ROM like security function- which it wouldn't be for too many reasons- then the security software can be hacked and re released (through ET) as a harmless yet very useful virus. I can not see it working too well financially for any organization. Any comments on this are welcome as i am just assuming this knowlage.|
|You all are missing the point. That is Japan - Land of the screwed up people and this is USA. Different laws and different cultures. Current laws here in the USA WILL NOT ALLOW YOUR PHONE TO DO THIS UNLESS YOU ARE FULLY INFORMED AND AGREE TO IT. If the phone companies and RIAA sneak it in it is a criminal violation and called "wire tapping"..|
How long do you think before something like that gets hacked? I'd say in about two seconds then your telephone is compramised. Thing is I DO NOT PLAY MUSIC OR MOVIES ON MY CELL PHONE PERIOD... You want to do that quit being so cheap and use a stand alone mp3 player or video player combo - they are out there all over. In parting all they are going to do is chase everyone off from loading this media on top their cell phones and loading it on what I already mentioned; I DO.....
|LOL @ menahunie. I think you are confused? Yes? 89.9% of all cell phones are MADE IN JAPAN...|
|also many of us have android phones, iphones, etc... those ARE our media players...|
|LMFAO @ xxxOBSCENExxx my phone is from Taiwan NOT JAPAN. You clearly can't read plain English. I said why whine about it; I do not load audio/video on my phone. I use a stand alone mp3/video IPOD's, generic players, etc.. DUH... So all this crying what is happening to Japanese phone is crying. All that is going to happen is people won't buy Japanese phones; they'l buy them from either China or Taiwan since allot of the so called "Japanese" phones are being made there anyway..|
I find it really odd that even I had a phone call from these guys Saturday 09/15/09 around 12:00PM CMT -6 GMT
Saying that I was recorded for downloading illegal music, and could have legal action taken upon me, and sued for damages up to $677,00.00. Toward the end of the message, they wanted to record a statement saying my reason/plea, and it would determine if they would take legal action. I hung up. >_>
maybe about 30 seconds after I hung up, they called me again. and I hung up again. >_>
I do find it really weird, that even your ISP (mine is Charter), has privacy rules, and they do not try very hard to protect "you" the paying customer.
Because when i do a retrace of my IP address, it goes straight to charter servers. and I run on a personal network of computers. It does not go to my area of living, and it uses a charter IP address, not my MAC address, or my random IP address that my router puts out.
So that being said, even your ISP is agaist you! >_
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