Steve Jobs managed to attract a little bit of attention to himself with his call for record labels to ditch DRM and sell digital files without any copy protection. The overall response to the letter has been extensive, but record labels' reponse has been pretty muted. The RIAA, of course, weighed in, with a rather bizarre take on things, welcoming "Apple's offer to license Fairplay to other technology companies" (via Engadget), and hailing it as a way to offer "the interoperability that [the RIAA has] been urging for a very long time." Just one minor problem: Jobs was very clear that he has no interest in licensing Apple's FairPlay DRM, saying that doing so would make it impossible to maintain the secrecy needed for it to work. The LA Times writer that posted the RIAA response thinks the RIAA was kidding, and lauds their sense of humor -- but forgive us for being skeptical that a group that sends out SWAT teams and sues its customers has a funny side. He does, however, point out that the group could very easily solve this interoperability problem, if it's such a concern, without Jobs' help -- by simply dropping their demand for DRM.
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