nandemoari writes: The Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA, is infamous for its prosecution of regular folk for downloading and ripping music onto personal computers. However, now it seems that the organization is willing to admit that their most notorious form of copy protection, DRM, is dead. During a recent interview on the subject, chief spokesperson for the RIAA Jonathan Lamy remarked, "DRM is dead, isn't it?" Lamy was heard to add that efforts to protect artists in the future would be free from DRM. Let's not write off DRM just yet, but it's clear from the fallout of that Jammie Thomas-Rasset debacle — where a single mom was bombarded with $1.92M fines for downloading a dozen or so tunes — that Digital Rights Management is too intrusive for a public comfortable with deciding for itself as to how it will acquire music.