Monday, June 18, 2007

Blur drummer: there's no other way than ditching DRM

DRM has taken its lumps in recent months -- EMI announced it was dumping the anti-copy coding from its tracks and Amazon said it would launch its new music store without DRM laced music. Blur's drummer Dave Rowntree is now getting in on the act saying the record industry should have figured out a decade ago DRM was not the answer to piracy.

"DRM was doomed to fail because the people who it was designed to stop, as in the counterfeiters or the mass file sharers or the people doing it for political reasons could easily bypass it," he said.

"But the people who were caught in the trap of DRM were the ordinary people who wanted to play their CDs on their computer as well as their CD recorder or who wanted to make a tape of it to put on in the car who were doing things that most people regardless of the law would regard as legitimate activities. "

"They have become very much the establishment…by the time that the industry was starting to fight what they saw as the war against file sharing they really weren't in anybody's good books any more, they didn't have the goodwill of the people whose behaviour they were trying to control."

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