Friday, April 06, 2007

Music in the post-copyright era

EMI drops DRM, then Microsoft (in an about-face) decides it will sell DRM-free music online.

Now comes news that "Bruce Lehman, an original architect of what became the DMCA, is basically admitting that the law has been a failure and hasn't worked out at all as planned."

Of course, he doesn't blame himself for being wrong. He blames the recording industry execs (who certainly do seem to deserve some of the blame). He notes that they never understood the digital world, and had no idea about new distribution technologies. He believes that if they had embraced going digital much earlier, then the DMCA wouldn't be such a disaster.
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