Recording Industry Association of America chief Mitch Bainwol had an answer for the lecture to the music industry delivered by Steve Jobs in an open letter earlier this week: More digital rights management, not less. The RIAA czar suggested that Apple should open up its FairPlay DRM technology to all comers—spreading DRM far and wide—rather than eliminating anti-piracy technology across the industry as Jobs proposed. Said Bainwol in a prepared statement:

"We have no doubt that a technology company as sophisticated and smart as Apple could work with the music community to make that happen."


We're siding with Jobs on this one. What, if Jobs spreads Apple's copy protection around, will the record companies start putting FairPlay DRM on CDs, too? How long is it going to take before these RIAA cretins figure out that DRM doesn't work? Even FairPlay's DRM, while less restrictive than some, still blows.

Music industry group fires back at Apple [Associated Press]