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February 7, 2007

"DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy"

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Posted by Alan Wexelblat

I'm not sure one ought to pluralize DRM in that fashion, but who am I to naysay Steve Jobs?

The quote appears in a posting titled "Thoughts on Music" dated Feb 6, 2007 and authored by Jobs. In the essay he briefly covers the history of DRM-encumbered online music sales and urges people to stop pestering Apple to open up iTunes. Instead we should pressure the Cartel to sell its music online DRM-free.

Jobs asserts that if the Cartel would just do this, Apple would love to jump on the bandwagon. He further seems to be awfully naive about the Cartel's efforts to pull in all non-DRMed forms of music. Yes, they sell CDs but they're desperately trying to force people away from them. Jobs apparently has never heard of the "analog hole" and Cartel efforts to cover THAT with DRM. Jobs further seems not to understand why lockouts and permissioning are such a fundamental part of Vista, even while Apple is busy making fun of it. (MOV link)

The Economist has some commentary on the essay, accusing Jobs of being self-serving, but also asserting that his basic argument is correct.

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