Other examples of proprietary malware
Here are examples of proprietary programs and systems that
implement digital restrictions management (DRM):
functionalities designed intentionally to restrict what users can do.
These functionalities are also called digital handcuffs.
DRM is reinforced by
censorship laws that ban software (and hardware) that can break
the handcuffs. Instead of these laws, DRM ought to be illegal. Please
support our campaign
to abolish DRM.
The Amazon Kindle has DRM. That article is flawed in that it
fails to treat DRM as an ethical question; it takes for granted that
whatever Amazon might do to its users is legitimate. It refers to DRM
as digital “rights” management, which is the spin term
used to promote DRM. Nonetheless it serves as a reference for the
We refer to that product as the
because of this and
other malicious functionalities.
in Windows, introduced to cater to Bluray
disks. (The article talks about how the same malware would later be
introduced in MacOS. That had not been done at the time, but it was
in MacOS. This article focuses on the fact that a new model of
Macbook introduced a requirement for monitors to have malicious
hardware, but DRM software in MacOS is involved in activating the
hardware. The software for accessing iTunes is also responsible.
A further consequence of this malware is that users may have
videos on auxiliary large screens. (The article, from a
publication whose name suggests it idolizes Apple, treats these
restrictions as irreproachable.)
DRM in Flash Player.
Adobe made “Digital Editions,” the e-reader used by most
US libraries, spy on the user
for the sake of DRM.
DVDs and Bluray disks have DRM.
That page uses spin terms that favor DRM,
digital “rights” management
and it claims that “artists” (rather than companies) are
primarily responsible for putting digital restrictions management into
these disks. Nonetheless, it is a reference for the facts.
Every Bluray disk (with few, rare exceptions) has DRM—so
don't use Bluray disks!
DRM in Cars Will Drive Consumers Crazy.