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WSJ: EMI event to focus on dropping DRM

updated 11:05 pm EDT, Sun April 1, 2007

WSJ on EMI Event

The special event to be held by EMI tomorrow (with Apple as guest) will be focused on dropping DRM restrictions from music, according to sources speaking with the Wall Street Journal. The financial paper claims that EMI will sell at least some of its music without any copy protection through the iTunes Store and potentially other outlets. Previous reports had at first suggested that the press gathering would see the launch of The Beatles' music online.

Such an announcement appears to confirm earlier reports that the music label was actively investigating the removal of DRM from some of its catalog. A particular reason for the decision has not been given but is likely to stem from a belief that rights management has so far curbed the growth of online music sales, restricting interoperability between devices and music stores.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs' personal involvement in the presentation would also reflect the assertions made in his "Thoughts on Music" open letter, where he argued that the only practical alternative to FairPlay and other protection methods was to derestrict online music sales entirely.

The talk of such a move is widely believed to be in part an attempt to head off legal action by Norway and other European nations, some of whom have contended that Apple's iTunes Store constitutes a monopoly over digital music by excluding non-iPod devices from supporting the music service's file format.

by MacNN Staff




  1. jeph4e

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That would be brilliant!

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The first shoe

    finally dropped. Hopefully others will follow if EMI sees more sales.

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's official

    DRM-free downloads from ITMS. See the press release:

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lossless anyone...?

    ...this would be the biggest news for me but it isn't mentioned - perhaps not 'interoperable' but seemingly desirable!...

    Hopefully bigger iPod capacity is also near at hand... ;-)

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't Ruin It

    I hope people don't ruin this by distributing the music freely (emailing, posting on websites).

    No matter how you slice it, it is stealing, and I have yet to hear one "pirate" defend it when confronted. This is a good thing, but it does require the purchasers to behave responsibly, and not like a bunch of mindless thieves.

    ...and NO I do not work in the record industry.

    But let's support this decision by not abusing the DRM-less music.

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