DVD Jon breaks ITunes security

Tuesday, 25 November 2003, 12:34 PM EST

The man responsible for writing software that allowed people to circumvent copyright technology on DVDs has posted software on the Internet that may allow devotees of Apple Computer's new ITunes online music store to break digital rights management technology that protects files downloaded from that service.

A link to the file, called QTFairUse, was posted on a Web log that is maintained by Jon Lech Johansen, also known as "DVD Jon." When compiled and run, the program enables ITunes users to make raw copies of songs that use Apple's MPEG-4 Advanced Audio Coding standard.

According to comments in a file included with the QTFairUse code, the program allows users to open and play an AAC file using Apple's free QuickTime media player, then save raw AAC data to a file on the computer.

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