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April 15, 2005
PyMusique Hackers Back to Crack Napster
The group of coders that created a DRM-free interface to Apple's iTunes is now doing the same for Napster.
Derek Slater has the scoop in two posts: Napster's WMA DRM Cracked? and The Cracking of Napster WMA DRM. The latter post answers questions about the modus operandi and raison d'etre -- the fruits of Slater's AIM chat interview with one of the coders, Cody Brocious:
Cody and co. are apparently very near an implementation of a utility that will allow people to turn songs acquired through Napster Light (the a la carte service) and Premium (the non-portable subscription service) into unencrypted files. You have to have paid for the songs first to do this circumvention, because the keys have to be retrieved from Napster. This tool will actually circumvent and remove the DRM, rather than recording from the sound card or employing other similar workarounds to create unencrypted files.
Cody sees his actions as "ethical," irrespective of legality, and he is willing to "fight the DMCA." He wants to be able to play his lawfully acquired Napster music on Linux.
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