Music industry exec slams DRM as "dead"

It seems that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has made a rather dramatic u-turn on its stance on DRM, declaring it "dead&quo

It seems that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has made a rather dramatic u-turn on its stance on DRM, declaring it "dead" after years of championing it as one of the best ways to prevent piracy.

Of course, in reality what it did was punish those who had legally bought their music, tying them down to a certain amount of times they could copy their music to other devices.

Slowly though, the support for DRM has been slipping, with one of the biggest moves coming from Apple earlier this year by making all music sold through iTunes DRM-free.

Now it seems it is well and truly on its way out, with Jonathan Lamy, chief spokesperson for the RIAA telling SCMagazine: "DRM is dead, isn't it?"

This follows years of denial by the RIAA, even as close as last year when it predicted DRM would make a comeback.

As big names and big labels are one by one turning their back on DRM, it certainly seems that it is finally on its way out. And if its biggest champion says so – well, that's got to stick the final boot in really.

Let us know what you think to DRM below, and whether you think it has a place in protecting the music industry from piracy.

 

Via: Torrent Freak