Friday, February 09, 2007

RIAA Responds To Steve Job's DRM Comments

Industry Responds To Jobs' Copy Protection Comments
February 8, 2007, www.fmqb.com

Earlier this week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs posted a lengthy essay on his company's Web site, suggesting the best way for the music industry to deal with copy protection on digital music is to do away with it altogether. Now, the RIAA and other industry voices are speaking up in reply to Jobs.
RIAA head Mitch Bainwol suggested in a statement that Apple should open its own FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) software to its competitors, rather get rid of all copy-protection. "We all want to see this marketplace work and for fans to enjoy the music they have lawfully bought on various devices or services. The issue is how. One way to achieve it was outlined by Steve Jobs in his post - for Apple to license its DRM to other technology companies. We think that's a great solution. Obviously, it would need to be done right and in the marketplace - but we have no doubt that a technology company as sophisticated and smart as Apple could work with the music community to make that happen. This would enable the interoperability that we have been urging in the marketplace for a very long time.” Bainwol said.
An anonymous, high-level industry executive told the New York Post that he believes "Jobs doesn't care about the industry at all. He uses us." John Kennedy, Chairman of the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) told the Financial Times that he thinks Jobs is "expressing some frustration at being the bad guy...and people like the Norwegian government beating him up, and he’s taking it out on us."...read more: here

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