Get Your DRM-Free Music From Warner While You Can, It Won't Last For Long

from the you-might-want-to-read-those-deals-you-sign. dept

Back in April, founder Michael Robertson unveiled his latest startup, dubbed AnywhereCD, which offered DRM-free downloads of complete albums. There was just one tiny problem: Warner Music, the label whose music AnywhereCD licensed, claimed that it never gave Robertson permission to do this. At the time, it was pretty unclear how the two parties had such a divergent view of their agreement, but given Robertson's penchant for getting publicity, the whole story wasn't at all out of the ordinary for him. The two sides have now come to an agreement, and it seems as though the two sides genuinely disagreed about what exactly they had agreed to. As such, they're come to a bizarre compromise whereby AnywhereCD will be allowed to continue selling DRM-free albums, but only through September. It still seems unbelievable that there was such confusion over the initial deal, although good entertainment lawyers are stretched pretty thin these days, so maybe Warner had the second string in that day. Still, maybe something good can come out of it if Warner sees that DRM-free sales don't cause the sky to fall.

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    Mike4, 8 Jun 2007 @ 5:09am

    Re: Aw hell...

    Just to piggyback a little bit on what you were saying, infamous Joe....

    The funny thing here is that selling DRM-free music really would be beneficial for everyone. I personally will never pay a cent for a download if I do not have complete control over how I can use it. I can easily find other places to grab the song for free, so why do I want to waste my time and money and something that's broken to begin with? Then, as Joe said, I can easily buy the physical cd and rip it to my computer - without any DRM. Of course, going to the store costs me time and gas, and forces me to by a cd full of tracks that suck when I only wanted 2 or 3, so downloading those 2 or 3 songs elsewhere is just easier. As it stands now, the recording industry is just not getting any of my money.

    Message to the Recording Industry: I have money here that I'm ready to hand over to you if you can supply me with the product I want - the same product I can get elsewhere for free. Why does it seem that you don't have any interest in coming to get my money?

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