Comments on DRM/interoperability by John Kennedy, Chairman & CEO of IFPI
February 7, 2007
We have been talking about the desirability of interoperability for some time. However, we have always respected Apple’s own commercial modus operandi.
We are pleased that Steve Jobs now wants to address interoperability, but he appears to be saying that interoperability has draconian side effects. We don't believe that that need be the case.
After such a long period without interoperability, it seems to me that the right thing to do would be for Steve Jobs to sit down with the industry and say "I believe these are the consequences if I allow interoperability" and for the industry to explain how we believe that some of the side effects that he believes are inevitable are not inevitable.
There would be a sensible discussion of the pros and cons, a risk/reward assessment and a discussion to make sure we are not throwing out the baby with the bathwater, and, most importantly, to preserve the right of all rightsholders, big and small, to decide whether they want to implement DRM on their intellectual property.
Some further thoughts:
Until now Steve Jobs has not advocated interoperability; perhaps now the door is open to find a combination of interoperability and DRM to have a win/win scenario for Apple, the music industry and the consumer.For more information please contact:
Contact Alex Jacob, IFPI