EMI to drop DRM?

Just three days after Steve Jobs put up his open letter advocating the abandonment of digital rights management schemes, the New York Times reports that the EMI Group has plans to start doing just that. EMI, which is one of the world’s big four music labels (along with Sony BMG, Universal, and Warner), has reportedly been in talks with Apple, Microsoft, Real Networks and Yahoo over proposals to sell “a broad swath” of its music without any copy protection. This information comes not from the British record label itself, but from executives involved in the discussions who leaked the information on the condition of anonymity. EMI declined to comment on the subject when asked directly by the New York Times. The paper says it isn’t clear if the label will reach a deal. If it does, however, EMI could incite its three rivals to follow suit.

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