MP3 chipmaker Micronas abandons SDMI

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MP3 chipmaker Micronas abandons SDMI

According to The Register, the 4C group (Intel, IBM, Matsushita Electric and Toshiba) has backed down on its Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) scheme that would have forced copyright protection software onto consumer drives. New proposals by Andre Hedrick, the Linux IDE guru and maintainer of the Linux ATA subsystem, would give users control of the CPRM on their machines.

His amendment adds two new commands, which “SHALL be included in all devices that support/enable the CPRM ‘e00148rX’, which is now defined as OPTIONAL. Regardless if the CPRM key locks are supported, CPRM Enable:Disable SHALL be supported”.

“Users will be able to turn it off and lock it off, so effectively it’s not there anymore,” Hedrick says.

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