Say That Again

by Carlo Longino




So, Steve, Is DRM Good Or Bad?

from the those-are-nice-flip-flops dept

The fallout from the passing of a French law requiring DRM interoperability continues, with the US Commerce Secretary the latest to throw in his two cents. But a bit more interesting is a 2002 comment from Steve Jobs about DRM (via SiliconBeat) that somebody's dug up: "If you legally acquire music, you need to have the right to manage it on all other devices that you own." That sort of runs counter to Apple's reaction to the French law, doesn't it? Of course, when Apple was just getting into the music business, it behooved the company to make itself out to be this great friend of the consumer, looking to stick to the evil record lables. Now that Apple's used the labels' obsession with DRM to become a dominant force, it supports keeping its proprietary DRM to itself, lest it lose its grip on iPod owners and iTunes customers. So, Steve, what are your true feelings about DRM and copy protection?

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Mar 2006 @ 12:10pm

    Steve jobs has driven apple into the ground once before. I am sure he is going to do it again. The lack of distrust for Apple by most of the community is growing exponetially everyday. Linux and opensource software causes them to lose more money everyday, and makes it hard for them to compete in the OS market. Not to mention the fact the MS is copying most of there UI.

    This is why they need to put DRM on there Music, because without Itunes and Ipods, apple would be thrown back in the stoneage again. Thus, Steve will sacrifice his customers abilities to use thing's that they have bought, freely on other devices. This way he doesn't look like a dueschbag again.

    End of Story!

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