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RIAA Spokesman Says DRM Is Dead 154

TorrentFreak is reporting an on-the-record remark by the main RIAA spokesman acknowledging what has been obvious to the rest of the world for some time now. Let's see whether their actions going forward align with the words. "Jonathan Lamy, chief spokesperson for the RIAA[,] declared DRM dead, when he was asked about the RIAA's view on DRM for an upcoming SCMagazine article. "DRM is dead, isn't it?" Lamy said, referring to the DRM-less iTunes store and other online outfits that now offer music without restrictions." Update: 07/21 01:16 GMT by KD : InformationWeek is now reporting that Jonathan Lamy says he never said "dead." TorrentFreak, which originally reported Lamy's remark, has also backtracked.
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RIAA Spokesman Says DRM Is Dead

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  • by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Monday July 20, 2009 @11:13AM (#28756553) Homepage

    This diagram (a few years old but still fairly accurate) really tells you what the media business looks like: []

    So yes, nearly all of the big media companies are both RIAA and MPAA members.

  • Re:DRM is dead? (Score:4, Informative)

    by WankersRevenge ( 452399 ) on Monday July 20, 2009 @11:18AM (#28756597)
    Not that I disagree with your overall points but you should know that Cleopatra was made in 1963 whereas the first Planet of the Apes was made in 1968.
  • by davester666 ( 731373 ) on Monday July 20, 2009 @01:26PM (#28758445) Journal

    What's funny about this is somebody (Microsoft) just launched another music store in Europe, not only with DRM, but also with varying terms for individual songs.

    And now there's a push by font makers to get browsers to include DRM for web-downloadable fonts.

    And the news industry just came out with specs for what amounts to a wacky DRM system that they want Google and everybody else that displays content to implement.

    And the video industry is still wishing the clue-train away.

    There are still a lot of groups that believe the bigger the wall they build between you and what you want means you'll pay more for it because it's more exclusive.

  • cite the numbers (Score:2, Informative)

    by SethJohnson ( 112166 ) on Monday July 20, 2009 @02:12PM (#28759273) Homepage Journal

    PG movies on average outearn R movies, but there are more R movies made than PG movies.

    Where are your stats to back this assertion up? Most of the intended big blockbusters are PG, which supports your box office observation, but not your number-of-releases claim. Few directors are allowed by the producers to develop an R movie with a big budget.

    With the success of Old School, there has been a resurgence in the R-rated comedy, but until Hangover whomped the shit out of the PG-rated Land of the Lost, the studios were still refusing to substantially fund any movie that wouldn't sell tickets to 8th Grade Girls. I suspect there are a lot of meetings taking place in Hollywood these days where execs are discussing the Hangover's success.


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