Jobs challenged to remove DRM from Pixar films

Summary:DefectiveByDesign.org (a "broad-based anti-DRM campaign that is targeting Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers and DRM distributors") has challenged Steve Jobs to put his money where his mouth is regarding his February 6th open letter "Thoughts on Music."

Steve Jobs
DefectiveByDesign.org (a "broad-based anti-DRM campaign that is targeting Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers and DRM distributors") has challenged Steve Jobs to put his money where his mouth is regarding his February 6th open letter "Thoughts on Music."

The group calls upon Apple to take three steps to demonstrate its commitment to ending DRM:

1. Drop DRM on iTunes for independent artists

2. Drop DRM on iTunes for Disney movies and video; and

3. Fund a campaign to repeal the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's prohibition on bypassing digital rights management.

"Many independent artists and labels distribute their music through iTunes and many wish to do so without DRM, but you won't let them," said the letter. "You could show good faith immediately by dropping DRM for those artists and labels."

DefectiveByDesign notes that Jobs could reverse the current trend and distribute all Pixar films on iTunes sans DRM. Jobs states that removing DRM is "clearly the best alternative for consumers" and he is the head of Pixar and the largest individual Disney shareholder.

DefectiveByDesign is asking people to sign a letter to Steve Jobs asking him to back his pledge on DRM by April 1.

(via Information Week)

Topics: Apple

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