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Posted by Technobarbarian on 01/06/08 04:57

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> DRM - Digital Rights Management has really got me chapped!!

The short answer:

The long answer:

LOL, you really should do more reading and less whining. DRM for music
files is becoming a historical artifact:

Technology January 4, 2008, 12:01AM EST text size: TT
Sony BMG Plans to Drop DRM
The last major label will throw in the towel on digital rights management
and prepare to fight Apple for valuable download revenues
by Catherine Holahan

In a move that would mark the end of a digital music era, Sony BMG Music
Entertainment is finalizing plans to sell songs without the copyright
protection software that has long restricted the use of music downloaded
from the Internet, has learned. Sony BMG, a joint venture
of Sony (SNE) and Bertelsmann, will make at least part of its collection
available without so-called digital rights management, or DRM, software some
time in the first quarter, according to people familiar with the matter.

Sony BMG would become the last of the top four music labels to drop DRM,
following Warner Music Group (WMG), which in late December said it would
sell DRM-free songs through's (AMZN) digital music store. EMI and
Vivendi's Universal Music Group announced their plans for DRM-free downloads
earlier in 2007.

Getting Hip to the Internet
The impetus to lift copyright protection represents a sea change for the
recording industry, which for the better part of a decade has used DRM to
guard against what it considers illegal distribution and duplication of
songs purchased online. In abandoning DRM on la carte song purchases, the
labels could create a raft of new, less restrictive ways of selling music
over the Internet, such as through social networks like Facebook and News
Corp.'s (NWS) MySpace. Partnerships with retailers such as Amazon could also
help the music industry take a swipe at Apple (AAPL), which has come to
dominate the legal download market through a one-size-fits-all pricing
scheme record labels find restrictive.

Details of Sony BMG's plans are expected to emerge in the coming weeks.
Justin Timberlake, the popular recording artist signed to the Sony-owned
Jive label, is participating in a Super Bowl promotion with Pepsi (PEP) that
will kick off Feb. 3 and offer free distribution of 1 billion songs from
major labels, including Sony BMG, through Amazon's DRM-free download
service, according to a person familiar with the matter. Sony has been
experimenting with DRM-free songs for about six months. The company began
giving away DRM-free promotional downloads for recording artists that sell
less than 100,000 units, and at least one artist gained mainstream exposure
through the effort. "A lot of these tests have led people to believe that
maybe this works," says a Sony BMG executive who asked not to be identified.
A Sony BMG spokesman declined to comment. Amazon also declined to comment on
its DRM-free deals, beyond what it has disclosed in press releases.

> I don't own an I-Pod, and I won't buy one till the DRM mess is straightned
> out.
> I do burn my own CD's and have several MP3 players.

> I have a small archive of downloads i made online and therin lies the
> problem
> I paid good money for the songs i downloaded.
> As I understand it,.. I OWN them just the same as if i had the CD.
> Why can't i burn them on a cd so i can gain portabality with them???

That's because you're an idiot at least twice over. You paid good
music for almost nothing AND you didn't bother to read the contract that
defines what you bought. You really should read it sometime--it's a HOOT!
Part of the hoot is that the contract you agreed to allows the seller to
change the contract any time the mood strikes them.
> The entire body of 'copyright' law ALLOWS for you to copy for your own
> use!!!
> If you purchase a book or record or blueprint, you are allowed to copy it
> for protection. The main sticking point is that you can not PROFIT from
> the duplication.

The main sticking point isn't copyright law, it's contract law. You
bought the use of a file within the limits of a contract that YOU agreed to.
> The lack of 'profit' is what caused a whole lot of cummotion when
> 'Napster' first came out
> Back during the stone age, I used to buy LP's and then transfer them to
> tape (7 1/2 inch reel to reel). This kept the LP's in good shape.
> I want to be able to live by the same philosophy today with Digital media.

And I want a Swiss bank account with a cool billion dollars sitting in
> We consumers need to rattle the politicians as hard as the recording
> industry's lobby.

The consumers need to do less consuming and more thinking BEFORE they
plunk down "good money". You voted in favor of DRM with your dollars.
Fortunately for you those of us who "voted" against DRM are winning this
one. Anyone looking for "help" from politicians is in for a major
disappointment. You live in an age where the only ballot box that really
matters is the cash register.


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