This is something that’s been needed for a long time now. With Jobs
putting Apple’s weight behind it, the fight against DRM gains a powerful
ally. Here’s hoping that the RIAA and MPAA take the hint from Apple and
consumers that without DRM, they’ll sell a lot more music and movies.

Record Labels Should Drop DRM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple Inc. (AAPL) indicated it would open its
iTunes store to other portable players besides its ubiquitous iPod if
the world’s major record labels abandoned the anti-piracy technology
that serves as the industry’s security blanket.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, made the case for abolishing
the protections known as "Digital Rights Management," or DRM, in an
open letter posted Tuesday on the Cupertino-based company’s Web site.
He also explained why Apple had decided against licensing its own DRM
technology, known as "FairPlay," as an alternative method for making
iTunes accessible to all portable players.

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