Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th May 2011 22:03 UTC
Google Wait - is this for real? A large American company openly defying the anti-freedom and totalitarian content industry? In comments in the UK media, Google chairman Eric Schmidt took aim at the big content-sponsored PROTECT IP act. The PROTECT IP act is the US internet censorship (the China kind) law, which more or less takes aim directly against Google. In his criticism, Schmidt went far - very far. The content industry obviously isn't pleased.
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RE[2]: Not so surprising
by shmerl on Fri 20th May 2011 00:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Not so surprising"
shmerl
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2010-06-08

I'd say because they are big supporters of DRM and therefore are also against free speech in a sense.

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RE[3]: Not so surprising
by REM2000 on Fri 20th May 2011 06:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Not so surprising"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

Although it's not really apple who wants the DRM, it's the music and film labels that demand it. Apple has to deal with the devil to deliver the content. Jobs has said multiple times if he had his way he would take the drm out and charge 20/30p a track. It was apple as well as the users that helped drive the current drm less music on iTunes. Any other company would have just left the drm on and not worry about it.

I do agree with the article, it's a short sighted view by the labels that is only to help speed up their demise, they will need to learn and adapt better and offer media a more fair prices both to the artists and to the consumer.

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RE[3]: Not so surprising
by tomcat on Fri 20th May 2011 20:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Not so surprising"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

I'd say because they are big supporters of DRM and therefore are also against free speech in a sense.


That's not entirely true. Apple and Microsoft have contractual obligations with media companies to protect distributed songs, movies, etc with DRM. They wouldn't have been able to sign those agreements without it.

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