Intuit Asking Macrovision To Alter DRM Software
Officials at Intuit said Monday that they're working with Macrovision to develop a new, less invasive version of its SafeCast software for the next revision of TurboTax.Officials at Intuit said Monday that theyre working with Macrovision to develop a new, less invasive version of its SafeCast software for the next revision of TurboTax. ExtremeTech tests have shown that the Macrovision SafeCast software writes to protected sectors of the hard drive used when a PC boots, and can also remain on a users hard drive unless sophisticated uninstallation procedures are used. On Monday, Intuit officials said that Intuit is sitting down with Macrovision to ask them to remove both of those features. Specifically, the company said it would ask Macrovision to rewrite SafeCast so it would not write in the so-called "sector 0" or boot sector of the disk. Intuit officials said they had made the change in response to the ExtremeTech tests and the resulting protests from consumers.
Intuit also plans to release results from an independent testing agency this week that will show that the SafeCast software does not affect the everyday performance of a users PC, and will work to ensure that future TurboTax versions will not hinder PC performance, either.