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by Rudy Adler

February 10, 2007


After threats of a Norwegian lawsuit and mounting European complaints, Steve Jobs responded to his critics with a rational, well-written letter posted on Apple's website. The criticism stems from Apple's DRM (anti-piracy) technology, called FairPlay, that prohibits ITunes shoppers from playing their music on anything other than the Ipod. Jobs argues it's the best way to ensure copyright protection for the music industry, and if anyone can convince major labels to drop DRM, he'd "do it in a heartbeak."

The RIAA's response? More DRM. They want Apple to create a larger DRM system that works on different platforms. Jobs says this will surely lead to leaks that will undermine the security of the software. To be continued...
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