As I said just earlier today, it is a major problem, in my opinion, that content purchased cannot be removed from these e-readers and stored, as they otherwise fill with content.
It was only a matter of time before someone hacked the DRM scheme, and no matter what the legal situation may be, I must applaud the effort. Fair use is a phrase that these people seem to have forgotten in the short time since the war over DRM’ed music was fought. The rat bastards that run these things cannot seem to get it through their skulls that no one wants to purchase something that can evaporate at any time – especially when considering the problems with the Big Brother control factor through the ether.
Well, some put up with it, and others do something about it.
The story comes this afternoon from Maximum PC –
Let’s face it, for hackers digital rights management (DRM) protections are a challenge that can’t be passed up. Not just because of the notoriety hacking a DRM brings, but because DRMs are so darned easy to crack–sort of the cybercrime version of wolves culling the weak from the heard. Case-in-point, the Israeli hacker “Labba”, with a little help from his friends, has cracked the DRM that protects ebooks on the Kindle.
The DRM for Kindle content is intended to keep what’s sold for the Kindle on the Kindle. Labba and his cohorts weren’t too keen on the restriction, and have hacked the DRM so that Kindle ebooks are converted into an open format, allowing PDF versions to be produced. Once in PDF format, the ebook can be moved to any number of electronic devices.
It’s a good bet that Amazon isn’t too pleased by this, and will move to ‘repair’ the DRM for Kindle ebooks. Which, of course, starts but another round of fox-and-hare with hackers. Given the rising popularity of the Kindle, it’s a game that might go on for some time to come.
While I would gladly use this crack should I have a Kindle, what I would not do is spread the paid content around. There is a difference between fair use and piracy. I know there are many others who believe as I do, and I wish there was a company that would step forward (taking a leap of faith!) to provide a system where the end user could control the content for his own purposes.
Until that happens, we will have the perverted game of cops and pirates, that does no one any good. By the way, I’m certain it’s only a matter of time before the nook, the Sony Reader, and any others are hacked.
The e-reader companies need to be made aware that fair use is not piracy!