Here’s the story so far: Late last year, an anonymous contributor to the BluWiki wiki site began a discussion about a project called Ipodhash, whose goal was to reverse-engineer the digital rights management system in the latest version of Apple’s iTunes. The ultimate purpose of Ipodhash was to let iPhone and iPod users run alternatives to iTunes, such as Banshee and Songbird. Hackers have been successful at cracking Apple’s system in the past. In November ’08, Apple lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to the host of the BlueWiki site, Beaverton, Oregon based OdioWorks. Apple’s claim was that Ipodhash violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
For the full story and analysis, see The Industry Standard.