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February 10, 2007


Once again it looks like Jobsey was right on the money with his anti-DRM rant. The Register has an article from an ex-Sony-lawyer who says (in part):

The DRM walls are crumbling. Earlier this week, Steve Jobs called on the major record labels to allow online music sales unfettered by digital rights management restrictions.
Today, the Wall Street Journal disclosed that EMI is in negotiations with several digital music services to sell unprotected MP3s of its catalogue. Jobs was motivated at least in part by legal actions against Apple in Europe and the US as discussed below. But whatever his motivation, Jobs is right: DRM has been a disaster for the recording business. This article will outline the brief but sad history of DRM, the current legal attacks on it, and the reasons why the recording business would be far better off without it.

The author then goes on to discuss the problem from a historical perspective and finally concludes:
Even if the legal attacks against DRM do not prevail, the majors should take note: get rid of DRM, because it's bad for business.

Fingers crossed....

Posted by Ozguru at February 10, 2007 12:00 PM


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