Intel: No "unannounced" DRM technology in Pentium D processors

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Intel: No "unannounced" DRM technology in Pentium D processors

Intel reacted to accusations the new dual-core Pentium D processors would integrate new technologies to prevent unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted materials. Intel spokeswoman Kari Skoog said the reports were “wrong” and that “there are no unannounced DRM technologies implemented in the Intel Pentium D processor or in the new Intel 945 Express chipset.”

However, the issue about DRM in Intel products is not really whether the tech is there or not. Instead, it really depends on the wording of such a claim. Intel does not deny that certain DRM technologies are supported by its hardware. “Many of Intel’s products today, including those just mentioned do work with existing content protection technologies out there including DTCP-IP. In the second half of 2005, Intel will deliver an updated graphics driver that will also support additional content protection technologies including COPP, HDCP, CGMS-A, and others,” Skoog said.

In other words, Intel says it is not building DRM technologies right into its hardware, but rather supports existing technologies, if they are used by copyright holders.

Rather than restricting access to content, Intel said its DRM approach aims at enabling content that otherwise would be inaccessible for users. “It’s a reality that piracy exists. But we believe in a balanced approach of DRM,” an Intel representative said. (THG)