Streamburst ditches DRM for digital watermarks

As the latest debacle over HD DVD copy protection shows, DRM on films is designed to stop video files being illegally swapped or copied. Trouble is it

As the latest debacle over HD DVD copy protection shows, DRM on films is designed to stop video files being illegally swapped or copied. Trouble is it can also get in the way of legitimate practices like backing up your collection or copying between devices.So wouldn't it be great it we could ditch DRM, but still let the film companies protect their movies from the pirates?Step forward Streamburst. It's come up with a cunning way to stamp downloaded video files with the purchaser's details. Bag a copy of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s epic motorcycle amble Long Way Round (pictured) online and it'll come invisibly watermarked with your personal info.With no DRM to get in the way, you're free to copy it as many times as you like. However, let a mate 'borrow' it or swap it online and the movie companies will quickly be able to see exactly where that heavily downloaded bootleg copy came from and set the dogs on you. Figuratively speaking, of course.

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