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Jobs to Labels: ‘Give Up Copy Protection’

Saying digital rights management hasn’t worked “and may never work” to stop music piracy, Apple CEO Steve Jobs called for the major music labels to stop using software to protect their digital music.
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Saying digital rights management hasn’t worked “and may never work” to stop music piracy, Apple CEO Steve Jobs called for the major music labels to stop using software to protect their digital music.

Jobs writes on the Apple Web site: “With the stunning global success of Apple’s iPod music player and iTunes online music store, some have called for Apple to ‘open’ the digital rights management system that Apple uses to protect its music against theft, so that music purchased from iTunes can be played on digital devices purchased from other companies, and protected music purchased from other online music stores can play on iPods. Let’s examine the current situation and how we got here, then look at three possible alternatives for the future.”

His essay “Thoughts on Music” comes as the audio flag proponents have reintroduced legislation in Congress.

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