AP berichtet über eine Diskussion auf der Digital Music Forum West conference in Los Angeles zum Thema Digitaler Musikvertrieb. Dort sprach u.a. der General Music Manager von Yahoo, David Goldberg: Digital rights in question as business model.
„The notion that a track I buy in DRM is protected and one without DRM isn’t is a fallacy,“ Goldberg says. „It’s all nonsense. Music is never going to be protected, and anybody who tells you that is not being honest. Yes, you can put up speed bumps, but the people who really want to steal music are going to steal it. So you’re just making it hard for people who want to do the right thing to get the music they legitimately purchased on the devices and services that they want.“
This difficulty, Goldberg continues, only serves to dissuade consumers from buying music legally and instead keeps unauthorized peer-to-peer services in business. He calls the protected a la carte download model a „failure,“ noting that legal digital download figures have remained flat all year. „There’s been no growth this year at all,“ he says. „The market has stalled.“