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Steve Jobs calls for end to DRM

Hippocratic Oaf
Wed Feb 07 2007, 07:39
THE SPIRITUAL leader of the Apple cult, Steve Jobs, has called on the four major record companies to dump DRM and start flogging music without copy protection.

That is right, the bloke who nobbles his iPods so that they can only play musical content that spouts from the iTunes digital jukebox has presumed to lecture other DRM advocates on the merits of dumping the practice. In a statement posted to the Apple site, Jobs said there was no benefit to the record companies to continue to sell more than 90 per cent of their music without DRM on compact discs while selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system.

He claimed that if DRM was removed then the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players.

So that would not apply to Apple of course. Its Fairplay DRM is a nice Parisian Sunrise coloured DRM which which prevents users from making multiple copies of music they have paid for. Jobs may be making his statement as EU countries start hunting down Apple and its pastel colour of DRM. On January 25 Norway's consumer ombudsman said Apple must open access to iTunes by October 1 or face legal action.

Jobs says that the consumer protection people should redirect their energies toward persuading the music companies to sell their music DRM-free. The way we understand it, that is exactly what they are doing. Jobs firmly believes that he can do no wrong, while there are others in the industry following the same business model who are obviously completely evil.

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