Nokia and Microsoft agree deal to boost file-sharing

Mobile phone maker Nokia is to use Microsoft's copy protection software to boost the use of file sharing between phones in a new move to generate revenue. The world's largest cellphone supplier will build Microsoft's digital rights management (DRM) technology into its software, used on all Nokia phones.

In 2005 the two companies signed their first co-operation agreement to take Windows Media Player on to Nokia phones, raising eyebrows at the time as the two had been fierce competitors in the mobile software industry. In June this year, Nokia said it would reshape its organisation to better focus on software and services. As mobile phone prices fall, handset vendors are looking to generate new revenue from software operations.

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uh stuff this, i make music and i give it out for free, well i will definately NOT be getting another nokia then if they are going to stop me giving music i made out... pfff, ms screws over the bbc first now nokia, hate those *******

I think you need to understand what you are talking about. In no way, shape or form does ANY DRM system on an OS or phone prevent you from sharing, transferring or giving away ANYTHING that does not have DRM encoded into the actual files. If it's from a store, then you can play it on the phone. If you made the music and you didn't put any copy protection into the file, then this does NOT prevent you from doing whatever you want with it.

A little reading is truly fundamental.

I don't think it is talking about not being able to play your music, I think it is more about adding support for music that you bought at online stores that use windows media drm.

I'm not sure how these companies imagine copyright protection will boost file sharing. I guess it's another one of those Microsoft "genuine advantages" for it's own pocketbook.

toadeater said,
I'm not sure how these companies imagine copyright protection will boost file sharing. I guess it's another one of those Microsoft "genuine advantages" for it's own pocketbook.

Perhaps they think a unified format for DRM is the lesser of two evils?

you can either have a phone with DRM so u can play legally obtained music etc, or dont have it....
i cant see any reason not to have a feature that gives me more freedom...
im not talking about the idea of DRM, but rather its support on nokia phones...

Glassed Silver:mac

Slowly but surely we are being trapped into a cage. I really rate Nokia as a handset manufacturer (all my previous phones have been Nokia) but I really hope they don't mess this up. The fact they are going ahead with it in the first place is a little frustrating but I will have to wait and see before passing complete judgement.