February 6, 2007 · Lessig
The Net’s ablaze with talk about Steve Job’s call for the end of DRM for music. That is really fantastic news and contrary to what many of us had believed he believed. For one feature (from Apple’s perspective) of DRM is that it ties iTunes to Apple devices. No DRM would end that tie as well.
So bravo to Apple and Steve Jobs. About this I am happy to be proven wrong. But then here’s a simple next step: There are artists on iTunes whose creative work is Creative Commons licensed. Colin Mutchler is one. When his stuff first went into iTunes, he requested the DRM be turned off. The request was refused. But if no-DRM is Apple’s preferred policy, then let them begin here.