“DVD” Jon Johansen Hacks FairPlay, But This Ain’t No Free Hack

23 10 2006

Jon Johansen hacks FairPlay, the Apple iTunes closed system – October 30, 2006
DVD Jon, as he is known for making DeCSS, is reverse engineering iTunes “FairPlay” DRM.  However, this time round he is going to license his product to companies that want iTunes music to play on their players.  In essence, this ain’t no free download and it never will be.

Read The Boild Down Explanation from Hackinthebox.com:

Noted DRM hacker Jon Johansen, known more commonly by the nickname “DVD Jon,” has now figured out a way to reverse engineer Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management technology. Johansen is now licensing his workaround to companies who want their media to play on Apple devices. According to a report on technology web log GigaOM, Johansen along with partner Monique Farantzos have already approached Apple CEO Steve Jobs about their technology, although they did not provide specifics on their plans. Reportedly, Jobs told the pair — who have formed the company DoubleTwist Ventures — that Apple would not pursue legal action. Nevertheless, Jobs warned that other companies might not take so kindly to their motives. It is unclear why Apple may be so receptive to DounleTwist’s plans, although it may be due to the how Johansen has designed it to work. Instead of stripping the DRM, the technology will actually add another layer on top of what already exists.

Great. It looks like we can all stick with myfairtunes for now.

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