One small step for mankind

Well, yes, the RIAA is still breathing its terrible, stinky breaths but… At least it looks like they have finally realized the DRM is a bad thing. As reported in TorrentFreak (of course, via Slashdot) DRM is Dead, RIAA Says, the RIAA’s spokesman is quoted in the following:

Jonathan Lamy, chief spokesperson for the RIAA declared DRM dead, when he was asked about the RIAA’s view on DRM for an upcoming SCMagazine article. “DRM is dead, isn’t it?” Lamy said, referring to the DRM-less iTunes store and other online outfits that now offer music without restrictions.

Now if only we can get rid of games that require you to keep keep the CD/DVD in the drive to play…

More interesting though, The Public Domain has a post looking at the 1909 Copyright act and I found it to be rather fascinating. Especially the part about the recording industry not wanting to give copyright holders any share of their business. Of course, I imagine that is still the case, but now they use the copyright holders as some kind of straw man.

Regardless, you can read it all here at Were we smarter 100 years ago..?

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