WMG Demands Music Be Removed From AnywhereCD
April 13, 2007 at 6:01 AM (PT)
WARNER MUSIC GROUP has demanded that online retailer ANYWHERECD remove its digital albums from the site, saying the start-up had violated their agreement by selling WARNER's music without copy protection software.
In a REUTERS report, WMG appeared to make a concession to calls for music without copy restrictions, known as DRM, by saying it was acceptable for ANYWHERECD to help fans rip CDs into the popular MP3 format.
"Accordingly, we have sent them a notice of termination and they are required to immediately remove all of our content from their site," WARNER said in a statement.
WARNER MUSIC CEO EDGAR BRONFAMN told investors in FEBRUARY that selling digital music without protection was not logical. "There is no reason to conclude that music is the one content category that should not or cannot be protected, simply because there is an unprotected legacy product available in the physical world," he said.
ANYWHERECD founder MICHAEL ROBERTSON, who founded MP3.COM in the late 1990s, told REUTERS he would not comment on any specific agreement with any record company.