Steven Jobs recently published an open letter that calls for the major record labels to drop the requirement that online music stores include copy-protection technology on their music files (DRM). He writes, “Convincing [the major labels] to license their music to Apple and others DRM-free will create a truly interoperable music marketplace. Apple will embrace this wholeheartedly.” There may be some inconsistency here (why doesn’t iTunes let independent record labels opt not to have DRM on their music?) but overall, I think Jobs is absolutely correct.
Here’s what I’m wondering: does Steve Jobs’ anti-DRM stance apply to video? Will Disney / Pixar insist that their movies be sold online with no DRM? Does Jobs want to create a “truly interoperable video marketplace”?