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The Digital Reader points to reports that Apple's iBooks Digital Rights Management (DRM) copy protection has been cracked for the first time:
Reports are coming in today that the latest version of Requiem, an app that removes Fairplay DRM from music and videos sold via iTunes, will now also remove the DRM from iBooks ebooks.
The news is notable in that it's the first time that iBooks DRM has been circumvented. This would allow iBooks downloaded from iTunes to be used on other platforms besides Apple's iBooks reader.

Apple's DRM for music and movies have been circumvented in the past, and resulted in a cat and mouse game of updates to iTunes to disable these hacks. Apple will likely respond in a similar fashion to this hack.

Article Link: Apple iBooks Copy Protection Cracked for First Time
 

arn

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You are welcome to discuss the merits of DRM and circumventing it, but please no links to such software, etc...
 

logandzwon

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You can't read iBook on your desktop. Not even Mac OS X can read iBooks. This is the main reason I stopped buying ebooks from iBooks.

Now I can. Thanks "stupid pirates"
 

diamond3

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One legitimate benefit is that this would maybe allow you to read your own book that you purchased on the computer instead of just iDevices.

Edit: ah beat me to it.
Also, I wonder if this would allow you to pull up the textbook in iBooks author. Isnt the textbook format kind of unique in that it's likely no other ebook software will read it?
 

SixSlinger

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Works Perfectly

I had never heard of Requiem until yesterday when this news hit. It works perfectly on movies and tv shows as well. Nice to finally OWN my stuff!!
 

cambookpro

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What for?
I understand that its a kind of sport for hackers, but for end-user...



Pirates? I dont see anything related to pirating. Its just hacking formats.

Oh I dunno...
  • Reading on a Mac
  • Reading on Kindle
  • Able to copy and paste from iBooks
  • Reading on any other ereader
  • etc...

:D
 

andyprit

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I've never understood DRM, it's premise seems to be to penalise those who purchase content legally, whilst pirates still get their more flexible content for free.
 

ineedamac

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If you have an iOS device why would you want to sit and read an iBook on your Mac? It would seem to me the better user experience is on an iOS device.
 

chriscrk

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Now is a better time than ever for them to include iBooks on the Mac App Store anyway... They should include it when Mountain Lion comes out, it could compete against the Kindle.
 

subsonix

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Seems a bit limited in that the reader must support everything that is supported in iBooks, for plain text it wouldn't make a difference I guess but..
 

root42

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One reason for DRM free stuff: Since Lion I am using Plex as a media solution on my MacBook Pro, because Frontrow got kicked. But Plex can't play my DRM'ed iTunes videos. So obviously I would love to be able to remove the DRM. Lots of music from iTunes is already DRM free and people are buying it. So it seems that DRM is not necessary for a commercial success. I would guess that the same goes for movies. Of course, movies are a different beast: there are albums that I listen to almost daily. I wouldn't watch a movie more than 1x a year for example. Plus movies are generally rather expensive in the iTunes store. So while I'd like to see all media be DRM free, I guess Apple will have a hard time convincing the movie industry to go along with this.
 

lifeinhd

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This is why I never purchase content from Apple-- I like to own my stuff without stipulations as to how my stuff can or can't be used.

This is a move in the right direction-- until it gets blocked of course.
 

marcusj0015

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If you have an iOS device why would you want to sit and read an iBook on your Mac? It would seem to me the better user experience is on an iOS device.

There are many factors, one being battery, other being screensize (iphone/ipod) and yet another being, theres no reason to limit peoples uses.
 

mpress03

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Isn't Calibre already able to do this? I haven't used it but I thought I read that it could.
 
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