How Stupid do you have to be to work for the RIAA?

Seriously…this is just hard to understand…

Aparently, the fine folks at the RIAA misread Steve Jobs’ Open Letter “Thoughts on Music” post yesterday. According to Engadget, the RIAA issued a response today stating that Jobs’ offer to license FairPlay was a “welcome breakthrough” that would be a “real victory for fans, artists and labels.”

The problem?

He DIDN’T DO THAT. In fact, he specifically stated that Apple wouldn’t be able to protect the musci content adequately if they were to license Fairplay to others. What Jobs DID say was that DRM was broken…it didn’t work…and it should be abolished.

I mean, seriously…how can you possibley misread that? It’s like they wear these rose colored glasses that just simply don’t allow them to see, read, or understand what is going on around them.

I just don’t get it.


  1. […] I am in total, 100% agreement with Michael over at Apple Gazette, on the RIAA’s inability to comprehend the fact that an ally (which, undoubtedly is what Steve Jobs must seem to them) just lined them up in front of a wall, caressing an AK47 gently whilst whispering the lyrics to ‘Sun is Shining’ by the great Bob Marley. They just don’t seem to get which side of the firing-line they reside. […]

  2. […] Oh, and if you haven’t noticed; Apple and Apple stopped arguing. Now Beatles are coming (though it may not be exclusively to iTunes, and therefore probably no Beatles iPod), and I hope it will be without DRM as Steve Jobs voted for. Note about the DRM-case: Make a search on TUAW, Macworld, Macrumors etc. for some more articles about it. Doug even got nostalgic and all. In whole, it’s a quite interesting story, and I can give a little teaser about it with an unusually funny statement from RIAA (which proves they don’t get ANYTHING of what Steve Jobs wrote…), as well as an upfront stupid statement from one of the Zune-guys. […]

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