The AP is reporting that a group of hackers, calling its software program FairUse4M, has once again circumvented the copy protections for audio files.

According to the article, this is the third time a crack has been found. Microsoft indicates that it will be fixing the exploit. This is all happening because the RIAA [Recording Industry Association of America] insisted DRM protections would be in place for Vista or it would not support the new operating system. One can only wonder how far this cat and mouse game will be played before we consumers are punished.

I have no position on DRM. I couldn’t care less. I do not, have not, and will not download music onto my computer. I use my computer as a work tool, not a toy. If I wish to listen to music, I put the radio on. My life does not revolve around stealing every single sound from every recording artist so I can claim bragging rights to how many songs I have stolen. As for the RIAA, if you can’t protect your stuff, too bad! If someone breaks into my home and my family is threatened, I’m going to get my gun and defend myself even if it means using deadly force. I’m not going to wait for the cops to arrive. I’ll take my chances being tried by 12 jurors rather than being carried by six to my grave.

What annoys me about this entire situation is that the majority of us — that being anything over 51% of computer owners — do not steal music off of the Internet. Yet the RIAA thinks it has a right to enforce its own rules on all of us. This statement from a Microsoft rep. says it all:

“We knew at the start that no digital rights management technology is going to be impervious to circumvention,” said Jonathan Usher, a director in Microsoft’s consumer media technology group, in a phone interview.

No duh! So when Microsoft issues a patch, fix, or whatever to plug this hole, and your computer stops working, you can thank those that steal music, Microsoft, and the RIAA. None of these people give a damn about your rights.

Comments welcome.

Complete article here.

[tags]Microsoft, DRM, RIAA, protections, music[/tags]