&144/ R.I.P. DRM?

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The chronology:

  • February 6, 2007: Steve Jobs writes his Thoughts on Music letter.
  • April 2007: EMI offers to sell higher-quality, DRM-free tracks for a premium.
  • August 2007: Vivendi tests "the ‘smart business’ way of approaching the availability of DRM-free music" and Universal Music announces a six-month trial to sell a significant chunk of its catalog without DRM protection software.
  • October 2007: Radiohead releases "In Rainbows" DRM- and label-free.
  • November 2007: The last of the big four, Sony BMG plans to drop DRM.
  • January 2008: BusinessWeek reports.

Not dead already? At least another nail in the coffin of digital rights management.

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