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Fri Jul 8 22:00:42 PDT 2005

A programmer claiming to be "mad as hell" about the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act (DMCA) has apparently cracked a recent version of
Microsoft Corp.'s [NASDAQ:MSFT] digital rights management technology. 

In addition, the anonymous cracker has released software that apparently
can remove technological locks on some audio files, while issuing a
manifesto decrying what is described as the "erosion of
readers'/listeners' rights" at the hands of media companies and

Adapting a moniker and a rallying cry from the character of Howard Beale
in the 1976 movie "Network," someone using the name "Beale Screamer"
released a program called "FreeMe" - along with its source code. The
program appears capable of removing content protections from Windows
Media Audio (.wma) files. 


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Also searching for "Beale Screamer" at Google Groups
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