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May192008

Apple DRM policy

When Apple approached record companies about selling their music digitally five years ago, they “were extremely cautious and required Apple to protect their music from being illegally copied”, according to Steve Jobs’s recollection of the process. That meant using digital rights management (DRM) – a software wrapper – to protect songs from unlimited copying. Jobs says it is crucial to the contract: “If our DRM system is compromised and their music becomes playable on unauthorized devices, we have only a small number of weeks to fix the problem or they can withdraw their entire music catalog from our iTunes store.”

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