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
"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
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