The DRM graveyard: A brief history of digital rights management in music

“There are more than a few reasons digital rights management
(DRM) has been largely unsuccessful. But the easiest way to explain
to a consumer why DRM doesn’t work is to put it in terms he
understands: “What happens to the music you paid for if that
company changes its mind?” It was one thing when it was a
theoretical question. Now it’s a historical one. Rhapsody just had
the next in a line of DRM music services to go–this week the
company told its users than anyone with RAX files has unil November
7 to back them up in another format or lose them the next time they
upgrade their systems.

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