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February 07, 2007

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Andrea Manka

I really responded to the idea that the market may be the way to break the tyranny of DRM.

My understanding is that the purpose of DRM is entirely to protect the owner of intellectual property. Often, the creators of DRM do not take into account the ease with which users can take their music and use it on whatever devices they own. It was easy to do that when cassette tapes were the norm, but it's harder when an iPod keeps music purchased on Rhapsody without.

The market, and the law in European Countries, is beginning to tell Jobs that DRM is preventing people from using thier purchased music in a way that they are accustomed to. If technology doesn't expand possibilities, then it's not useful and desirable. Technology that closes off possibilities makes people nostalgic for boom boxes and tape players.

Andrea Manka

I really responded to the idea that the market may be the way to break the tyranny of DRM.

My understanding is that the purpose of DRM is entirely to protect the owner of intellectual property. Often, the creators of DRM do not take into account the ease with which users can take their music and use it on whatever devices they own. It was easy to do that when cassette tapes were the norm, but it's harder when an iPod keeps music purchased on Rhapsody without.

The market, and the law in European Countries, is beginning to tell Jobs that DRM is preventing people from using thier purchased music in a way that they are accustomed to. If technology doesn't expand possibilities, then it's not useful and desirable. Technology that closes off possibilities makes people nostalgic for boom boxes and tape players.

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