January 22, 2007 | By Derek Slater

More Signs of Music Download DRM Fading

Apparently, this year's MIDEM conference, the music industry's international trade show, took place in a parallel universe where the major record labels may be willing to ditch music download DRM. And this parallel universe may be coming to an online store near you in 2007.

According to the International Herald Tribune, "Executives of several technology companies ... said ... that a move toward the sale of unrestricted digital files in the MP3 format from at least one of the four major record companies could come within months." That's not all -- while the RIAA's Mitch Bainwol pretended that fully interoperable DRM could exist, the article recounts many examples that demonstrate "a new appreciation in the [music] industry for unrestricted copies, which could be sold as singles or through subscription services or made freely available on advertising-supporting Internet sites."

Finally.

Nevertheless, it unfortunately remains clear that the record labels aren't ready to ditch DRM entirely. After all, they're once again in Congress pushing for a backdoor DRM mandate for satellite and digital radio as well as webcasting. The labels may finally be hearing your disdain for DRM at online music stores -- make your voice heard in Congress by opposing mandatory radio DRM now.


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

Court buys government's shell game blocking Klayman case plaintiffs from challenging NSA spying: https://eff.org/r.8hi0

Aug 29 @ 9:25am

How China is strong-arming coders to abandon their open source projects: https://eff.org/r.wso1

Aug 28 @ 4:20pm

Introducing a powerful new tool to help stop the California virtual currency license: https://eff.org/r.5qg6

Aug 28 @ 2:14pm
JavaScript license information