DRM – the debate continues

When Steve Jobs speaks the music industry hears – they just don't always listen.So tonight, while one major record label is said to be on the ve

When Steve Jobs speaks the music industry hears – they just don't always listen.So tonight, while one major record label is said to be on the verge of binning copy protection altogether, another is dismissing his wish for a DRM-free world as 'illogical'.Corporate-suited Warner Music is the one pouring all the cold water. For boss, Edgar Bronfman, has told the BBC that Jobs's proposal is 'without logic and merit' – ouch!Cross over to flower petal-strewn EMI and it's a whole different outlook. Several industry sources are saying that the London-based label is in talks with online music stores to sell its entire catalogue as unprotected MP3s. And while EMI is officially calling the rumours 'speculation', word is that an announcement might well be imminent.EMI's already experimented with MP3s for artists like Lily Allen and Norah Jones but, if true, these plans would make it the first non-indie to embrace the anti-DRM movement. Viva la revolution!

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