Everyone But The Big Boy

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According to a report from BusinessWeek, Sony BMG’s working toward dropping DRM, following EMI’s, Universal’s and Warner Bros’ lead. It also seems likely that they won’t allow iTunes to sell this DRM-free music while at the same time allowing Amazon to do the opposite with their DRM-free music service, just like Universal and Warner Bros. I, and I’m sure many others, predicted something like this would happen:

The only way the music labels can defuse this situation is to stop enforcing DRM and instead let all the music stores sell unprotected content that can work on any music player, thereby increasing other music stores’ share of the market and creating a more level marketplace in terms of marketshare.

The one question that remains in my mind is if they’re going to be accused of collusion. I mean, the current situation does sound pretty fishy from a legal standpoint. There’s really no reason that Apple couldn’t sell any of Universal’s or Warner Bros’ (or Sony BMG’s) music as DRM-free tracks. So, how long are they going to be able to keep this up?


Written by Kumaran Vijayan

January 4, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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