iBooks DRM Has Been Hacked

Nate Hoffelder:

Reports are coming in today that the latest version of Requiem, an app that removes Fairplay DRM from music and videos sold via iTunes, will now also remove the DRM from iBooks ebooks. It may have taken a couple years, but Apple is now as safe to buy from as any other ebookstore. You don’t have to worry about losing future access to content that you buy there.

I approve of this, not for reasons of piracy or evading purchase, but because it future-proofs iBooks. I don’t think Apple will be shutting down their DRM servers within the next year, or even five years. At some point, though, those books would become unusable.