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Does Steven Jobs’ anti-DRM stance apply to video?

February 18th, 2007 by Nicholas Reville

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”?

2 Responses to “Does Steven Jobs’ anti-DRM stance apply to video?”

  1. tekel says:

    when pigs fly. the day I can legally download “Toy Story” for free to a computer inside the United States will be the same day that Biggie, Tupac, MLK junior, Lennon, Lincoln, JFK, and Saddam give a reunion concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

  2. Dean Jansen says:

    Downloading Non-DRM’ed video and getting it for free are not the same thing.

    There are (legal) music stores that sell non-DRM’ed mp3s for money.

    That said, I’m definitely skeptical about Disney/Pixar ever willingly releasing “Toy Story” w/ no DRM.

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