World Consumers for DRM Free Music sign now

We, the undersigned music consumers of the world, demand the four large record labels, Universal, EMI, Sony BMG and Warner put an end to DRM and its unlawful limitations to downloaded music.
Never before in the history of music has there been such a blatant slap in the face to the consumer as Digital Rights Management (DRM). As music consumers we all wish to support our favorite artists, but strangling us as those artists fans and customers with such restrictive technology is exasperating. Your desire is to protect the rights of the artists copyrights and to put an end to piracy. What you are not acknowledging is, you are punishing your customer, not the pirates.

For years we as the music loving community have had freedom with the music we purchased. Who has not made a mix tape for a friend off of the radio or records? This moved to CDs once the technology became available. This always had friends and family discovering new artists they previously were unfamiliar with and buying new music they may never had discovered.
We do not agree with people illegally pirating music. We do, however, love the technology of shopping and buying music, 24 hours a day from online stores such as iTunes. But we want the punishment of the consumer with DRM to stop. Focus your attacks on pirates by punishing and stopping the source, not the consumers who are trying to embrace the legal methods of downloading music.

Steve Jobs was right when he said the following in his Thoughts on Music:
The simplest answer is because DRMs havent worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy. Though the big four music companies require that all their music sold online be protected with DRMs, these same music companies continue to sell billions of CDs a year which contain completely unprotected music. Thats right! No DRM system was ever developed for the CD, so all the music distributed on CDs can be easily uploaded to the Internet, then (illegally) downloaded and played on any computer or player.

If you have seen any drop in piracy it is not because of DRM, but because of all of the new online stores. Imagine the sales potential of stores that were not limited by DRM technology. Many of us do not buy music online for that very reason, but would happily do so if it were DRM free.
The majority of people are not pirating music, they are buying it. Stop limiting your product, free it!

We want DRM free music! When do we want it? NOW!

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