A Music World Without DRM?
Might Big Music finally be ready to release product without any electronic locks, viruses, or “crippleware”? Billboard seems to think so. We’re not totally convinced; in fact, we’re trying to figure out what the labels might do to compensate for lost revenue.
We have been hearing that new Big Music contracts have begun calling for artists to surrender a portion of their live performance and merchandising revenue, which traditionally has been unheard of. Perhaps that is an indication of things to come.
So much for the labels’ claim about trying to protect the artists.
Antony Bruno. Ailing Music Biz Set to Relax Digital Restrictions. Billboard (via Reuters). Jan. 2, 2007.
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