As political movements go, it's not quite the Zapatistas, but this week 1414 people put their names to a petition on 10 Downing Street’s website to ban DRM in the UK. Funnily enough the figure didn't elicit a personal e-mail response from Tony himself, but No 10 did take the time to put out a press release informing us of the Government's official stance. And it seems that unlike many of our European neighbours, our lot are very much in the music industry camp. Rejecting the petitioners and Steve Jobs in one fell swoop, the Government said DRM, ‘enables content companies to offer the consumer unprecedented choice in terms of how they consume content, and the corresponding price they wish to pay.’Translation: Sorry chaps, DRM's staying. There was, though, one small concession. It did say that DRM restrictions should be made clearer when we download tracks. Suppose we'll at least know what we're getting from now on.
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