As my readers know, I’m not the biggest fan of consumer DRM. I hate being treated like a criminal when I’m not, and I don’t believe anyone has the right to control more of my systems than I do. Something about my security being compromised to provide better security for some corporate entity whose products I may or may not purchase just bugs me.
A while back I posted how the Barenaked Ladies distribute their content without DRM. Not for free, but once you buy it you’re free to use it as you wish. I like that.
Now, thanks to TechCrunch, we learn that Madonna is leaving the record labels and working with Live Nation to distribute content directly. Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, and a few others are also jumping the record label ship. Yahoo! Music stated they won’t distribute music with DRM.
With MySpace and other social networking sites for promotion, low-cost digital distribution of content either directly to consumers or through online stores, and general frustration and anger with record company pricing, practices, and treatment of artists, it’s hard to see how the companies will survive. It won’t be an immediate death- years if not decades, but now that some of the biggest names in the business are running into independence the writing is clearly on the wall.
And the record companies can take their damn DRM with them.
Now it’s time to get cracking on the MPAA…