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Gizmodo Declares that DRM Is Dead as Sony Falls


Sony, the last major record label still encoding its songs with some type of DRM, has announced that it is finalizing plans to sell its music without DRM. That means you won’t have to authorize any device and that any song you buy can be played on any players you own.

Basically, it means that record companies aren’t going to treat legitimate customers like criminals. Why can’t publishers do the same?

Via Gizmodo.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. jmc
    Jan 05, 2008 @ 15:39:54

    Record companies may be giving up on DRM, but it sounds like RIAA is expanding the fight to purchased CDs which are then copied onto the buyer’s computer. Article here.

  2. Jane
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 11:03:19

    JMC – I saw that – not the article itself but references to the article. Both ArsTechnica and Gizmodo had it a few weeks ago. But I think there was a clarification on the Gizmodo site that RIAA said that ripping your own CDS was like immoral but not unlawful. (something like that).

    As an aside, I was reading Giz last night and their coverage of CES and some of the Giz guys were given press passes and some were given a blogger pass. I can see how frustrating it would be for Giz guys to be differentiated because Giz, Endgadget, ArsTechnica and other sites have these news pieces weeks before the mainstream press picks it up.

  3. Al
    Jan 25, 2009 @ 18:36:08

    I seem to remember both the root kit fiasco of Sony’s which cost them a bundle and also copy protected CDs and DVDs that were returned to the store en masse because they would not play on people’s players. Stores then refused to accept returns and sales dropped like a rock because $16 was too much to pay for a broken CD. In my opinion that was too much to pay for one that works, and I have boycotted the CD industry altogether until they dump the defective schemes and I don’t think I stand alone.

  4. Al
    Jan 25, 2009 @ 18:41:05

    I read elsewhere where a pirate site posted a copy of an e-book that was free. The author commented on the site thanking them for the free publicity. Like Eric Flint says, “An author’s biggest fear is not piracy, but obscurity!” or words to that effect.

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