My complaint about DRM is that it both impedes my fair use rights as a consumer and because it constantly changes
retroactively on items I’ve already purchased. I realize that the RIAA has the iTunes Music Store trapped, in a sense,
because they won’t let Apple use the songs unless they are DRM’ed. However, I do not like the fact that Apple
(via iTunes upgrades) continues to strip my iTMS-purchased songs of the capabilities the files had at the time when I
purchased them. $0.99 used to buy me 10 burns of a particular song to a particular playlist, but then Apple
rolled this down to 7. $0.99 used to buy me the ability to share that song with other iTunes users simultaneously
over my local network, but Apple recently restricted this ability. Cory Doctorow over at BoingBoing has
a very comprehensive complaint about this
latest change and why it sucks. Check it out.
Dear Steve Jobs,
Please take a stand against the RIAA and the music industry. Feel free to threaten
them with extinction. Point them towards a non-DRM-controlled future for our music. Please stop removing value
from products I purchased from your company. I really like to and want to buy what you are offering, but it gets
harder and harder each time you cripple the things I’ve already bought from you.
C.K. Sample, III