Microsoft and NBC working on "copyright cop" for Zune?

By on May 8, 2008, 11:00 AM
Apple refused to cooperate with NBC on building filters into its iPod player to remove pirated movies and videos, but Microsoft may be more willing to do so – or at least look into it, it seems. In an article published yesterday, The New York Times suggested that future versions of the Zune could come with a “copyright cop” capable of blocking unauthorized content.

According to the report, Microsoft, as part of a deal to get NBC TV shows onto its Zune Marketplace, had agreed to implement technology into the MP3 player that would scan a user’s collection for copyright infringing content. The software giant has denied such claims, adding only that they have agreed to work with NBC across a range of topics, including protection of copyrighted material. Just what kind of protection they are looking into remains unknown. One thing is for certain, implementing consumer-hostile DRM systems isn’t the way to go if they are serious about competing with the iPod.




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Nirkon said:
I want to see MS do this so bad...I want them to manufacture millions and not sell even one :P
dustin_ds3000 said:
if this is true i will not buy another zune, even though i love my brown zune 30gig and it killls the ipod
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