DRM is Dead, Long Live DRM–Or So You Thought July 21, 2009Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
Tags: DRM, Independent labels, Major labels, Music Industry, Recording industry
So you thought DRM was dead. According to a report written by Mehan Jayasuriya, a policy analyst for Public Knowledge (PK) as well as a Washington D.C.-based technology and music journalist and a regular columnist for PopMatters and DCist, this is not the case.
The “big four” major labels have not completely abandoned DRM protection schemes for CDs. Athough online music juggernaut iTunes now offers all of its music DRM-free, you might think that the era of restricted music files and rootkit fiascoes is now behind us. But you would be wrong.
Many labels–both major and independent–continue to utilize various forms of DRM and watermarking when distributing music in specific contexts and for certain purposes.
This is causing real head aches for music journalists and broadcasters everywhere.
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