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Brits decry DRM

"DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) consumer control continues to occupy the British media and one of the most powerful indications of its growing importance in the public eye is the fact the Financial Times is running a poll asking, "Should music companies drop DRM?"" -- Read more


Following a petition to ban DRM in the UK the Government has responded (read the response: here). The response in rather vague in its intentions save the fact it seems to support DRM, but to what extent is unclear. They point readers to the Gowers Report on 'Intellectual Property' which came out last year.

In an open letter which appears to be written in response to recent Steve Jobs' letter about music DRM, Macrovision CEO and President Fred Amoroso argues that DRM should not be abandoned because that would diminish incentives of content creators and "delay the availability of premium content in the home". He also advocates interoperable "open" DRM and offers "to assist Apple in the issues and problems with DRM" and "assume responsibility for FairPlay as a part of (their) evolving DRM offering and enable it to interoperate across other DRMs, thus increasing consumer choice and driving commonality across devices."

BBC surrenders to DRM

"The BBC is forcing Britons to buy an American operating system, Windows, to watch British programming, made in Britain because, "The free and open GNU/Linux - whose kernel is maintained in Britain - can't be used for British TV, because of DRM."

That's the nub of a Boing Boing story discussing, "The first ever BBC Backstage podcast kicked off in fine style talking about the BBC and its position on DRM and copyright."" -- Read more at p2pnet and/or Boing Boing

So it happens. Industry leaders are recognizing the failure of DRM. The only question remaining is, will RIAA let it go? Looks like they need to learn to read first.

Read what? Steve Jobs open letter, where he writes the following (an excerpt):

"Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy. Though the big four music companies require that all their music sold online be protected with DRMs, these same music companies continue to sell billions of CDs a year which contain completely unprotected music. That’s right! No DRM system was ever developed for the CD, so all the music distributed on CDs can be easily uploaded to the Internet, then (illegally) downloaded and played on any computer or player."