DRM is about restrictions, not rights
Industry supporters of DRM refer to it as "digital rights management" as if they are the ultimate authority to grant us our rights, as if they are the ones who should have complete and total control over how we use and interact with our media. What they are really doing is managing the restrictions they impose on our media and devices that we would normally have control over in the absence of DRM. For that reason, we refer to it as "Digital Restrictions Management" - technology that controls what you can do with the digital media and devices you own. When a program doesn't let you share a song, read an ebook on another device, or play a game without an internet connection, you are being restricted by DRM. In other words, it prevents you from doing what would normally be possible if it wasn't there, and this is creating a dangerous situation for freedom, privacy and censorship.
Where we get DRM Media
- iTunes Store
Movies, TV shows, audiobooks and apps purchased from iTunes online store are allowed to play on up to five computers, burn to CD, and play on an unlimited number of iPads, iPods and iPhones. Apple DRM media (.m4v or .aac) is not available to any Android device. Apple has sold DRM-free music through its iTunes Store since April 2007and has been labeling all music as "DRM-Free" since January 2009. The music still carries a digital watermark to identify the purchaser.
Amazon's movie download service is called Unbox and it outlines what DRM implies. The user agreement requires that you allow Unbox DRM software to monitor your hard drive and to report activity to Amazon. Kindle Fire is the exclusive Android tablet that can play Amazon DRM media (.wmv) currently.
According to BBC, you can download TV programmes over Wi-Fi to watch later without needing an internet connection, but “Devices that don't currently support the digital rights management (DRM) system that we use for BBC iPlayer can't download programmes to watch later.” If you download a programme, you can watch it in seven days only. A few Android smartphones support the BBC iPlayer media (.wmv or .mp4).
- Xbox LIVE Marketplace
Xbox LIVE Marketplace sells and rents DRM-protected videos, games, and add-in content that are covered by media usage rights that allow specific uses of that content. To play a protected game, video, or add-in, you must have the media usage rights for that content. The Windows Media DRM (.wmv) can also be streamed to Zune HD device and Windows Media Player/Media Center.
- Other Online Media Stores
- Digital Copies included in Blu-ray Disc/DVD combos (how to convert digital copies to Android tablet/smartphone)
Top 5 DRM Removal Tools for Android Users to enjoy music and movies
Just because you purchase a movie from Apple or Amazon does not mean you should be deprived of the right of playing the movie on a Samsung Galaxy tablet. We should own our media, not be at the mercy of media companies. Here’re Top 5 DRM Removal Tools for Android Users to enjoy music and movies on preferable tablets.
1. Pavtube ChewTune - a DRM removal for tool for movies and TV shows
Pavtube ChewTune work with DRM movies from iTunes, Amazon, Windows, BBC and various other online stores as well as BD/DVD digital copies. Apart from that, the software also converts non-protected audio files like .mp4, .wmv, .m4v, .asf, .mov, .wma, .mp3, .m4a, etc. to many other commonly used A/V formats. There are plenty of templates for Android tablets, such as Motorola Xoom, HP TouchPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Nook Color Tablet, Google Nexus 7/10, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Lenovo IdeaPad K1, Acer Iconia Tab A200 and more. The software, however, does not handle DRM audio contents.
- High conversion speed NVIDIA’s GPU acceleration/CUDA tech
- Various video and audio output formats- AVI, MP4, WMV, M4V, MKV, TS, VOB, MOV, etc
- Templates for iPad, iPod, iPhone, Xoom, Blackberry, 3G phone, Nokia, Sony Erickson, Motorola Droids, Google Nexus One, Apple TV, PS3, Xbox 360, WD TV Live, Zune, Creative Zen, Archos, and more.
- Multi-task operation and batch conversion
- Ability to merge files together
2. DRM-Removal – for DRM restricted Audio contents
DRM-Removal easily converts DRM protected music files and various audio files to unprotected MP3, CD, iPod and other MP3 player file formats at high speed and CD quality - legally. Drm-Removal will convert ALL audio formats that you can listen to in your Windows Media Player, iTunes player or Apple Quick Time. Media copy protection will be removed after conversion. Drm-Removal will convert ALL video formats (do not care is it protected content or not) that you can play with Windows Media player, iTunes player or Apple Quick Time. Media copy protection will be removed after conversion. With just a few mouse clicks you can enjoy all your protected songs on iPod, any other MP3 player, CD player, mobile phone or PC - without any restrictions or DRM protection.
Availability: DRM-Removal (Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2008 and Windows Vista)
3. Calibre plugins – for DRM restricted ebooks (Kindle, Nook)
Calibre is an open source ebook management and conversion utility created and maintained by Kovid Goyal. To be able to remove DRM from your ebooks, you must already be able read your ebooks, either on your computer or on your ebook reader. (Kindle, nook, etc.) If you cannot read your ebooks on your computer or on your ebook reader, you won’t be able to remove the DRM. The plugins available so far can remove DRM from Kindle eBooks (but not rented Kindle ebooks, books download to a Kindle Fire or Fire HD, Kindle for Android, or the Windows 8 AppStore Kindle App), Barnes & Noble ePub ebooks, any ebooks using Adobe Digital Editions DRM (this includes ebooks from Kobo that are download to Adobe Digital Editions), and the older Mobipocket and eReader ebooks.
4. FairUse4WM – for Windows Media DRM exclusively
FairUse4WM is a utility for eliminating the WM and DRM protection located in Windows media files in versions 10 and 11. FairUse4WM has a simple graphic interface where you only have to choose the files that you want to free up and apply the corresponding action, giving you a list of videos to enjoy without having to enter the password over and over. FairUse4WM lets you free up multiple files simultaneously with results that guarantee that the video doesn’t suffer any loss of quality in the image or the sound. FairUse4WM is a useful application to consider and keep in a corner of your computer so that no video is beyond the scope of your video library or just to watch your favourite Windows media videos without any restriction. It is reported that Fair4Use not working on newest Zune version with Windows XP and wmp 8 and 10.
5. AppleMacSoft DRM Converter 2 – for Mac and iTunes users
DRM removal software for the Mac is a bit thin on the ground compared to the PC, but AppleMacsoft DRM converter comes to the rescue; incidentally, there is also a Windows version. The software uses a virtual CD writer (same method as Noteburner 2) in conjunction with the iTunes software to legally produce a DRM-free copy of the original. The software makes use of the importing feature in iTunes to capture to a particular format. The output file formats that you can convert to are, MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Availability: AppleMacSoft DRM Converter 2