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The Future Of DRM

Lately there’s been a fair amount of discussion on the future of DRM, and labels potentially falling out of love with it. If we’re really lucky, we’ll go back to having real access to the music we purchase. But in the real-world, we’re as likely to wind up with something much worse and much more restrictive. As a businessman, I don’t know that I should complain. As a consumer, however, it’s terrible.

Anyhow, Bill Gates spoke on this recently. The most interesting quote was this:

“People should just buy a cd and rip it. You are legal then.”

I was thinking this was perhaps a dangerous thing to say, until I realized he could just buy all the music labels.

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