Clearing Landmines by Peter Brown

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| For the past twenty-two years the Free Software Foundation has had the
| mission to promote, preserve, and protect the freedoms to use, study, copy,
| modify, and redistribute modified computer software, and to defend the rights
| of all free software users.
| [...]
| Our anti-DRM campaign has had tremendous success and DRM is in decline in the
| music industry. After eighteen months of community review, we released GPLv3
| on June 29--a license that neutralizes anti-free software laws like the
| Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and protects free software from
| Tivoization. Now, we are turning our attention to clearing the landmines
| represented by software patents.


No Swiss DMCA

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| A dangerous law has been passed on the 5th October by both the Parliament and
| the National Council almost without resistance. The revision represents
| massive advances for legal protection of copy protection mechanisms. *
| It is my conviction that such technical copy protection measures are of no
| merit for the consumer and will ultimately also harm the content producers. A
| law that puts such measures under special protection is hence just as ill
| advised. * *

DRM deathwatch: Sony, Wal-Mart

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| First, Sony is reportedly considering offering its catalog as MP3s, joining
| EMI and Universal Music Group. That would make Warner Music the last holdout
| among the Big Four. I'm not sure how long Warner could hold out if it saw its
| competitors selling more digital files thanks to the universality of the MP3
| format. * *

UK music store: DRM-free music outsells protected tunes four to one

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| DRM-free music sells at a much higher rate online than protected music,
| according to UK-based digital music store 7 Digital. In fact, customers buy
| it four times as often as they do DRMed music. *

EMI has DRM free sales boom

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| Since EMI ditched the DRM on iTunes it has seen sales of Pink Floyd's Dark
| Side of the Moon increase by between 272 and 350 percent.

Music DRM 'dead by next summer'

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| "It's MP3, absolutely," 7Digital MD Ben Drury told us. "People understand
| that MP3 works everywhere - that isn't true for AAC and certainly not for
| WMA." *

Big labels are f*cked, and DRM is dead - Peter Jenner

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| Few people know the music industry better than Peter Jenner. Pink
| Floyd's first manager, who subsequently managed Syd Barrett's solo
| career, Jenner has also looked after T.Rex, The Clash, Ian Dury,
| Disposable Heroes and Billy Bragg - who he manages today. He's also
| secretary general of the International Music Managers Forum.

Music DRM in critical condition: Universal tests DRM free music sales

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| Universal Music Group has announced that the company is going to test selling
| DRM-free music to consumers in order to assess the market.