Archive for 22nd May 2007

DRM Free Music Here to Stay? EMI Getting Bought Out.

In the last 24 hours, EMI Group has become the center of a bidding war. As some of you may recall, EMI is the company that broke headlines when it announced it would begin selling DRM-free music on iTunes. The other backwards thinking music companies have yet to join in.

If they were bought out, it could have adverse effects on the anti-DRM movement. One bidder plans to sell off artists to competing labels in pieces. The other bidder is Warner Music, a competing music publisher.

While the whole thing is still in the air, this looks like the final stages in a deal. No matter who buys EMI, a DRM-free future would come with yet another hurdle.