Fascinating quote from Paul Birch, who is a member of the exec committee and main board of the International Federation of Phonographic Institutes (IFPI) as well as the BPI Council and Chairs International:

DRM as we know it is over. There may be Son of DRM but that’s another matter. Right now its dead, the majors are moving towards the new model. The one thing you can be sure of is they will still be at the centre of the world music industry whatever happens. The independents are another matter. As our sector’s share has fallen by almost half in just over twelve months, the new model for us is partnership. It always was, I’m just not sure we got it.

Link to full story here. To really believe this, however, I want to see their head lawyers say this. Because I have this feeling – maybe wrong – that the chief people aren’t necessarily the (only) problem here. When it gets down as far as the lawyers, things can morph.

(Hat tip: Boing Boing)