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Electronic Arts Hit With More Anti-DRM Lawsuits (ERTS)

We all know how much gaming geeks hate the DRM measures built into Electronic Arts’ (ERTS) “Spore.” But credit them this: at least a few of them are doing more about it than complaining on the Internet and launching ineffectual campaigns on Amazon (AMZN). Two new class-action lawsuits have been […]
Electronic Arts Hit With More Anti-DRM Lawsuits (ERTS)
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EA: We Hate DRM, Too, But We’re Not Dropping It (ERTS)

Electronic Arts (ERTS) has taken a beating — on the Internet — for installing DRM locks on its long-awaited Will Wright game Spore. But has the noise from angry gaming nerds translated into lost sales? The game sells well on Amazon, and at the EA CEO John Riccitiello told gaming […]
EA: We Hate DRM, Too, But We’re Not Dropping It (ERTS)
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Confirmed: DRM-Free Tracks Aren’t Helping The Music Business (AAPL)

For the past year or so, we’ve been wondering if Big Music’s move to start selling digital music without DRM locks has done anything for sales. And while we were sceptical about the move’s benefits to begin with, we’ve grown increasingly so each month, as our request for sales data […]
Confirmed: DRM-Free Tracks Aren’t Helping The Music Business (AAPL)
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Dell Taking On iPod Again? Thank/Blame Disappearing DRM*

Less than two years after giving up on their attempt to take on Apple and the iPod, Dell is getting ready to try it again. Any reason to think they’ll pull it off this time? Maybe: The WSJ notes that Dell has hired an Apple exec to oversee the project, […]
Dell Taking On iPod Again? Thank/Blame Disappearing DRM*
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DVD Piracy Is Unbelievably Bad, Says Unbelievable Study (MVSN)

Here’s a shocking stat, courtesy of a UK research firm called Futuresource Consulting: Everyone you know is spending all of their time illegally copying DVDs. Futuresource’s “white paper”, released yesterday and now being widely cited around the Web, says that one-third of all UK and US residents have copied pre-recorded […]
DVD Piracy Is Unbelievably Bad, Says Unbelievable Study (MVSN)
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Are DRM-Free Sales Finally Taking Off? Who Knows? (AAPL, AMZN)

We’ve spent the last year looking for evidence to prove or disprove a widely held digerati belief — that consumers will gladly pay for online music, as long as it’s not encumbered by digital locks and keys. So far, we have yet to find solid data that supports the argument […]
Are DRM-Free Sales Finally Taking Off? Who Knows? (AAPL, AMZN)
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Verizon’s New Mobile Music Service: Better, But Still Bad

Cheers to Verizon for making one of the first smart mobile music moves: It’s going to let its subscribers buy DRM-free music and download it, over the air, to their phones. This is a big deal. Every previous buy-a-song-on-your-phone scheme involved some kind of DRM that all but ensured your […]
Verizon’s New Mobile Music Service: Better, But Still Bad
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DRM-Free Music: Too Little, Too Late

Much to some readers’ chagrin, we don’t believe that the music labels’ belated embrace of DRM-free music — tracks without digital locks, which consumers can copy as much as they want, and play on any digital music player — will help the business out of its lengthy slide. Our central […]
DRM-Free Music: Too Little, Too Late
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How Are Those DRM-Free MP3s Selling? (AAPL, AMZN)

Last year’s conventional wisdom: If the music business was going to survive, the labels were going to have drop the DRM locks from their digital downloads, and sell their stuff in unencrypted MP3 format. So they have: EMI began selling DRM-free tracks on Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes last spring, and Universal […]