Feeds

Sony BMG to drop Custer stance on DRM

And then there were none

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Sony BMG, the last major record label that won't sell you music without DRM kneecapping will reverse its stance in February, according to a report today.

Corporate froth mag BusinessWeek cites a source familiar with the matter as saying it'll get involved in a major DRM free music tie-in with Amazon and the Super Bowl, which is scheduled for February 3.

Sony BMG has been toying with joining Warner, Universal and EMI in the post-DRM digital music scene for six months by selling selected unencumbered tracks by niche artists. "A lot of these tests have led people to believe that maybe this works," one anonymous exec told BusinessWeek.

Sony BMG marked itself out for special ire from DRM detractors, and regulators, when one particularly ham-fisted anti-piracy software effort installed a rootkit on music fans' computers. The episode marked the beginning of the end for defenders of the DRM faith.

The firm's impending conversion sets the scene for the next big battle in digital music distribution: Apple versus the major labels. Distracted by the tedious DRM wars, over several years the record industry has allowed Steve Jobs to accumulate massive power to set prices and cut promotional deals.

It seems the big(ger) beasts of music have finally stirred. Warner and Universal have signed DRM-free distribution agreements with Amazon, but not yet iTunes.

The question for the majors now is whether they've left it too late to release Apple's stranglehold on what should have been their market all along. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'
Twenty-nine years later, post-Pepsi exec has flat-forehead moment
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.