Jobs challenged to remove DRM from Pixar films

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."

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Steve JobsDefectiveByDesign.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)

Topic: Apple

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  • yeah right... I bet Steve's quivering in his cave with Osama

    What makes you think he'd actually follow through on any of that?

    particularly the Pixar stuff...

    maybe the indie music...if it really wants to be DRM free

    However he's ultimately accountable to Disney shareholders...

    what's his motivation to make the movies DRM free? ...
    lilmikesf@...
    • You just listed his reasons

      ---what's his motivation to make the movies DRM free?---

      Just as you said, his obligation to the shareholders. DRM free means happy buying customers.
      tic swayback
  • Money where your mouth is Steve

    Time to put up or shut up.
    tic swayback
    • He'll do neither

      Jobs may have originally wanted music to be DRM free when the iPod first came out,
      but now that it works to his advantage, there's no way he'll drop it.

      Gates and Jobs are two sides of the same coin. The only thing that will keep either
      honest is a strong competitor.
      frgough
      • His best interests

        I'm not convinced the FairPlay lock-in does much as far as increasing iPod sales. Are there really that many people who are heavy users of the iTunes store that want to buy players other than iPods? How big a percentage of the iPod business do they represent?

        Given that, the positive PR of Apple being the company that unshackled your music from the RIAA's chains might be better for the company than the tiny gains the lock-in provides. The huge spike in song sales alone would probably dwarf any lock-in profits.
        tic swayback
  • Damn, Jobs caught in yet another lie!!

    First the WiFi patch coverup and now this "heartfelt" letter about how poor Jobs is forced by the RIAA to put DRM on Pixar films, indie music, and every single Mac being sold. Yet the Apple $hills keep taking it and taking it. This is pure comedy from where I'm sitting!!
    NonZealot
    • We all know...

      ...that Jobs has no real power in the industry; only Bill Gates does. That's probably why Microsoft drives so many Apple users crazy. :)

      Carl Rapson
      rapson
  • One tiny little problem

    Pixar is a wholly owned subsidiary of the
    Disney company. Mr. Jobs is merely on the
    board of Disney and has no mangement role.
    j.m.galvin
    • Jobs' role

      Isn't he the biggest stockholder at Disney? Shouldn't that give him some influence?
      tic swayback