Thoughts on Music: DRM, iTunes and the iPod

by Steve Jobs www.apple.com February 6, 2007: With the stunning global success of Apple’s iPod music player and iTunes online music store, some have called for Apple to “open” the digital rights management (DRM) system that Apple uses to protect its music against theft, so that music purchased from iTunes can be played on digital devices purchased from other companies, and protected music purchased from other online music stores can play on iPods. Let’s examine the current situation and how we … [Read more...]

Health Care vs. High-Tech in War over Obvious Patents?

by John Timmer Ars Technica It's not often that Science contains an analysis penned by a lawyer. But the lawyer in question, Michael R. Samardzija of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Intellectual Property office, suggests that the US Supreme Court is weighing an issue that may pit parts of Science's readership against each other. At issue are cases where a patent covers a development that is obvious, and the analysis suggests that while the health care industry (including biotech) likes the … [Read more...]