Thursday, December 27, 2007

Apple Files For Software DRM Patent

This might be a stretch, but it's worth a look. Apple Inc. has filed for a patent for a Digital Rights Management system for controlling where software can run. It involves injecting a special piece of code into an application's run-time instruction stream that constantly checks and re-checks to see if it is being run on an authorized platform.Should all of these checks fail, the software into which the code was injected would cease to function and become inoperable. The patent describes this as being, "transparent to the user and impossible to circumvent."This would also be usable to limit Apple software like Mac OS X to be limited to only Apple hardware, restricting the use of Mac OS X on Mac machines.On the other hand, and this is simply speculation on my own part, it is possible (though I hope untrue) that this software might also be used to certify applications running on the iPhone and iPod touch. While it might be a bit of a stretch, it's possible.

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