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Yahoo DRM authorization servers going dark

Another casualty is being reported on the DRM front. Yahoo Music is shutting down it’s authentication servers which means those who purchased music will not be able to transfer the music to another computer. This will not affect all of Yahoo Music’s former customers initially but once they need to reinstall their OS or purchase a new computer the inability to move the music will become more clear. Yahoo’s reputation will likely suffer from this as the complaints start finding homes in various blogs and news stories. A better move on Yahoo’s part would have been to simply un-DRM the music for their customers before going dark. I would think that the possibility of a class action lawsuit would be enough economic incentive to invest in the relatively cheap process of providing uncrippled versions of the products they sold to their customers.

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