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 @ 12:21pm

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    So you figure nothing has changed since 2002 therefore Jobs should maintain the same opinion?
    Rights don't change with the wind. There's a word for people whose statements of principle change with their own situation: hypocrite. There's also a name for the apologists who come along cleaning up after them: turf troll.

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