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Tech’ news in brief: EMI DRM MIA?

EMI DRM MIA? Can this really be?

Music label EMI Group is in talks to release a large portion of its music catalog for Web sales without technological protections against piracy that are included in most music bought over the Internet now, sources said on Thursday.”

And let’s face it, it’s about time, too.

What with Steve Jobs posting an open letter on music and DRM written like an episode of The Simpsons; something for the parents and the kids, it seems like the audience may have been listening.

“Jobs said there appeared to be no benefit for the record companies in continuing to sell more than 90 percent of their music without digital rights management on compact discs, while selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a digital rights management system.”

When you put it like that, who can argue otherwise?

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By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

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