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mikeruss
2007-12-10, 09:47
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12/07/western_digital_drm_crippled_harddrive/

jmourik
2007-12-10, 10:35
Doesn't look like this would impact you if you run slimserver and have the wd assigned a drive letter, or am i wrong?

funkstar
2007-12-10, 10:43
Scaremongering

The file filtering is only when you install the remote sharing software, and only for non authorised users.

For example, if you log into their (windows only) sharing software with the owner account, you can get all the content. If a guest logs in, they get the filtered list.

It isn't an evil drive, just rubbish software. And when you actually understand what it is doing and why, it is perfectly sensible. Otherwise, WD could be taken to court for facilitating the distribution of copywriten content.

haunyack
2007-12-10, 11:03
Otherwise, WD could be taken to court for facilitating the distribution of copywriten content.

Industry trend?
RIAA marches on.

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TiredLegs
2007-12-10, 11:53
WD could be taken to court for facilitating the distribution of copywriten content.
The software blocks all MP3 files, but not all such files are copywritten. What about audio that I record myself?

Why in the world would anyone buy a hard drive that prevents them from moving around their own files on their own network?

JJZolx
2007-12-10, 13:18
Why in the world would anyone buy a hard drive that prevents them from moving around their own files on their own network?

You didn't read his post very carefully. It's only the sharing software that blocks those file types. Used as an network-connected NAS on the local network, it behaves as any other drive. No doubt WD got the fine idea to create a drive with some software that makes it easy to share files with your friends and family, then they probably caught Holy Hell from the RIAA for facilitating file sharing.

funkstar
2007-12-10, 13:19
Why in the world would anyone buy a hard drive that prevents them from moving around their own files on their own network?
But it doesn't. The WD software only prevents guest access to those filtered files, the owner can log into it and get access to everything.

Yes it's a rubbish system for trying to block content, but thats the method they have chosen. You do not need to install that sharing software, it's not the hard drive that is blocking the content. If you use it as a regular external drive, guess what? it works exactly the same way as any other external hard drive.