January 6, 2009

Tired Of Pushing A Rope [3:30 pm]

But can you remove the DRM from the old stuff? Probably not without violating the DMCA — unless that was part of the deal Apple negotiated:
Apple cuts copy protection and prices on iTunes
(pdf)

Apple Inc. closed its final appearance at the Macworld trade show Tuesday by cutting the price of some songs in its market-leading iTunes online store to as little as 69 cents and disclosing that soon every track will be available without copy protection.

Later, from the New York Times editorial page (2009 Jan 09): Apple’s Long-Awaited Shift on Music

We applaud Apple’s decision to do away with the digital rights management software. Apple is acknowledging the failure of the restrictive copyright protections championed by the Recording Industry Association of America.

It also is recognizing something fundamental about music lovers that restriction-free online vendors know. Most of us will buy, not steal, digital music, even if it lacks copyright protection. Shared music is the best advertisement for the music we will eventually purchase.

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