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PyMusique, the authors defend themselves

The untesting of songs downloaded from the iTunes Music Store with PyMusique is an unintended consequence, not the reason for the software release. This is the justification that Cody Brocius, one of the software authors able to make purchases on Apple's online music store without going through the iTunes interface, defends his work.

Reportedly in interviews released to some websites Brocius, who worked on the program's code base along with Travis Watkins and with the support of Jon Johansen, a Norwegian hacker known to have disrupted the DVD protection system, the end PyMusique's primary was to allow Linux users to make purchases from the iTunes Music Store, as possible for Mac users and Windows users. The lack of protection of the purchased songs, according to Brocius, a seventeen-year-old student from Pennsylvania, derives from the fact that the code of FairPlay (Apple's Digital Right Management) is not present on the songs residing on the server, but is applied by iTunes in the moment where the song arrives on the computer. Since PyMusique gets around iTunes here is that the protection is not introduced in the song that remains completely free in terms of use, even if purchased regularly from the Apple store.

The explanation provided by Brocius appears to be credible, given that one of FairPlay's tasks is precisely to link listening permission to a specific computer. Equally reasonable, at least formally, does the position of those who claim as a result of this aspect that PyMusique is not a real software for track fragmentation. Less shared, in the opinion of some experts, are the consequences drawn by the authors of the software that all this means that from a legislative point of view the software is perfectly legal.

Some lawyers, in particular, point the index to the conditions of use of the iTunes Music Store for which Apple only provides access through iTunes. It should also be the case for the authors that PyMusique, in one way or another, bypasses and bypasses the music protection system, an action explicitly prohibited by the Millennium Copyright Act, the framework law that establishes in the US what and what cannot be done in managing digital rights.

At the moment, two days after the release of PyMusique, Apple seems not to have taken any position yet, but it seems certain that something will happen. If, in fact, it is true that the software is not available in the installer version for Mac OS X (you must know the Python programming language to use it) just as true that Windows users, in addition to Linux ones, can use it without excessive problems. Not to mention that due to the explicit admission of Jon Johansen it is not necessary to be very expert programmers to quickly create even a Mac version.