The RIAA have finally declared DRM dead for music, according to all-things-BitTorrent weblog TorrentFreak. You won’t see us arguing, having avoided DRMed music like the plague ever since it started gaining ground in the post-Napster 2.0 world, but the steady decline of digital rights management in recent months has been a welcome move all around.
Photo by Martin Krzywinski.
Jonathan Lamy, chief spokesperson for the RIAA declared DRM dead, when he was asked about the RIAA’s view on DRM for an upcoming SCMagazine article. “DRM is dead, isn’t it?” Lamy said, referring to the DRM-less iTunes store and other online outfits that now offer music without restrictions.
As TorrentFreak points out (with at least some amount of hyperbole):
All DRM has ever done is annoy consumers who actually paid for their music. No single piece of DRM has ever stopped anyone from pirating music, it’s quite the opposite as the music industry now realises.
Your thoughts on the subject? Let’s hear ’em in the comments. [TorrentFreak]