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LA Times: Initiative to Bar Pirated Music on Portable Players Takes Break

May 20, 2001, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Healey)

[ Thanks to Paul Eggert for this link. ]

As an interesting enough follow-on to the item we linked to yesterday about the RIAA's softened stance toward the team that cracked SDMI, this article says "the once-ballyhooed SDMI may be irrelevant" as the recording industry moves on to other solutions.

"The Secure Digital Music Initiative--a group of about 200 record labels, manufacturers and security companies--said Friday that it failed to agree on a way to bar portable music players from playing pirated digital music files. The group, which has been searching for that solution for more than 17 months, won't reconvene until September.

"With the major record labels and their software partners pursuing their own strategies, the once-ballyhooed SDMI may be irrelevant."

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