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EMI is the latest record label to offer users music files without DRM

In a move aimed at pleasing users, EMI Music has announced that it is offering music tracks through the Yahoo! Music service with no restrictive digital rights management (DRM) technology. EMI is offering tracks from Norah Jones and Relient K for $0.99 through Yahoo! Music. 

Several other record companies have also tested out the market for DRM-free music files.  Sony released a Jessica Simpson song over the summer with no DRM, and Disney offered Jesse McCartney's latest album with no restrictions.  Independent record labels, however, have been much faster to adapt to offering content with no playback restrictions.

Music companies are trying to test out the waters to see if there is a high enough demand for music files that are able to be played on any digital music player on the market.  In fact, some officials have gone as far as to claim that record labels should all attempt to offer DRM-free content to users.

While any drastic notions of all songs being DRM-free is still a longshot, progress is being made.  "They're still looking at it as an experiment by the labels have come a long way in terms of wanting to see how this works for them," said Carrie Davis, a Yahoo spokesman.


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By Oregonian2 on 12/11/2006 4:02:48 PM , Rating: 2
I read a book about how the music business works (written for people who might like to get into it). Artists usually make very little from recordings with most all of the money going to the big companies. Massively so. About the only artist who actually gets a fair shake is he or her who writes the music. Writer maintains a cut as dictated by law (not that tremendous of a percentage, but something not insignificant).

That's undoubtedly why the record companies are now trying to negotiate that writer-payment down. That way they can have it ALL to themselves.


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