SOURCE: Digital Freedom

September 25, 2007 16:12 ET

Online Retail Giant Now Offers DRM-Free Music

Amazon.com Open Digital Music Store

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 25, 2007) - Amazon.com has officially opened its much anticipated online music store and now offers its customers more than 2 million DRM-free songs. The Digital Freedom Campaign offered the following statement today congratulating the online retailing giant, urging the industry to follow their lead:

"Amazon.com's recognition that giving consumers what they want -- digital music -- the way they want it -- without burdensome DRM (digital rights management) software -- makes good business sense, is a tremendous step forward for artists, consumers, and the music industry itself," Maura Corbett, a spokesperson for the Digital Freedom Campaign, said. "Today's announcement from the world's leading Internet retailer is proof positive that combining digital music and digital freedom equals profitability. As more and more DRM-free music becomes available, consumers will increasingly demand the flexibility and freedom to legally purchase and play songs on the device they choose, and we hope more retailers like Amazon will be there to provide it."

Today's announcement comes on the heels of similar decisions made in recent months by Wal-Mart and international music labels EMI and the Universal Music Group. Amazon.com will offer music from more than 180,000 artists at 89 cents per song.

About Digital Freedom: Digital technology enables literally anyone and everyone to be a creator, an innovator or an artist -- to produce music, to create cutting-edge videos and photos, and to share their creative work. Digital technology empowers individuals to enjoy these new works when, where, and how they want, and to participate in the artistic process. These are basic freedoms that must be protected and nurtured. The Digital Freedom campaign is dedicated to defending the rights of students, artists, innovators, and consumers to create and make lawful use of new technologies free of unreasonable government restrictions and without fear of costly and abusive lawsuits.

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