Has Apple’s iBooks Fair Play DRM been cracked?

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Has Apples iBooks Fair Play DRM been cracked?

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When users purchase digital books through the iBookstore for their iPad, iPhone , or iPod Touch, those files are only able to be played on iOS devices. That’s because everything sold through the iBookstore has Apple ‘s Fair Play digital rights management (DRM) software protecting it.

Now it appears, much to the chagrin of e-authors and digital book publishers, Apple ‘s DRM has been cracked. The news comes from a forum post on MobileRead by user pdurrant:

“It is now possible to remove the DRM from epub ebooks bought in Apple ‘s iBooks store. ‘Brahms’ has recently released a new version, 3.3, of his Requiem software, which has been able to remove DRM from music and videos bought in the iTunes Music Store for a long time. This new version can also remove the DRM from Apple ‘s epub format ebooks.”

Of course I cannot condone cracking copyrighted content, but the predicament for Apple is interesting. Though the iPad has proven to be a popular device and many publishers are slowly coming around to the idea of digital distribution of their content, a break in the DRM security may cause content producers that were on the fence to back off.

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Has Apples iBooks Fair Play DRM been cracked?

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