“A Public Affair.” Yahoo releases music download without copy restrictions.

A Public Affair by Jessica Simpson does not have any digital rights management (DRM) restrictions often found on tracks from other sites. The MP3 is compatible with any digital music player, including Apple’s popular iPod player and others.

The major record labels and technology firms have long argued that DRM is necessary to prevent music piracy. Files without copy protection, they argue, can be freely shared or traded over peer-to-peer networks.

Read this article from the BBC Technology News. WIRED offers a similar article and News.com podcasts on Google’s “Copyright Conundrum” in the wake of Yahoo’s announcement.

*Explore “Digital Rights Management” aka DRM at the Whats New Media Wiki


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