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Submission + - Copy protection too complex: Bill Gates

Aryabhata writes: "Bill Gates thinks that copy protection for digital media(music & video) is too complex for the consumers. He was speaking to an invited party of bloggers and web developers at Microsoft's Seattle headquarters. "DRM is not where it should be." said Mr Gates. "In the end of the day incentive systems (for artists) make a difference," said Mr Gates. "But we don't have the right thing here in terms of simplicity or interoperability," he added. Interestingly, Microsoft is one of the biggest exponents of DRM, which is used on lots of different online services, including Napster and the Zune store.

So what does Bill suggest we do? His short-term advice for people wanting to transfer songs from one system to another was to "buy a CD and rip it"."

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