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Stephen Fry attacks BBC over iPlayer Programmes Giveaway

TheFirstPost reports that Comedian Stephen Fry openly criticised the BBC, during a public lecture organised by the corporation, over what he calls the seemingly deliberate attempt by the Beeb to throw away really valuable content for free.

As a content producer and a royalty earner, he pointed out to one of the main shortcomings of the iPlayer... It is anything but secure and added that "The BBC is making a lot of enemies giving away free programmes to an internet that everyone else is trying to monetise; at the moment, it’s relying on the fact you have to be slightly dorky to record from the iPlayer; but, believe me, that will change".

He told the audience that he has been downloading copy protected content on his iPhone from his computer and therefore circumvented the digital rights management.

iPlayer programmes are normally available online for seven days and can be stored - and viewed - on a computer for up to 30 days.

However, this is hardly a fundamentally damaging issue. The BBC is already aware of this, and other problems, that are associated with copy or viewing rights protection but progress has been painfully (or deliberately) slow.

Ultimately, the BBC has made it clear that it would like to do away with DRM protection altogether, which makes sense given that the TV license, whose main beneficiary is the BBC, already costs more than £120 per year.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.