DVD Jon’s new code provides universal access to Apple legal

DVD Jon has struck again. The programmer responsible for DeCSS, a utility capable of bypassing the Content Scrambling System used on DVDs, has developed a “fair” interface for Apple’s iTunes Music Store. PyMusique (alternate link) is essentially a Python-based front end for the ITMS that captures music files before they’re wrapped in Apple’s digital rights management scheme. You still have to pay for them, but now you can do with them as you choose. Of course, this is all of very questionable legality. Simply firing up PyMusique is, in and of itself, a violation of the iTunes Music Store terms of service, which explicitly state: “You will not access the Service by any means other than through software that is provided by Apple for accessing the Service.” My guess is Apple legal is already hard at work on a take down notice. Not that it will do any good…


Share this Post