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Apple has announced it would offer DRM-free music through iTunes. The offer is limited to the music catalog of one of the Major Labels, EMI.
Customers still can get the DRM-protected songs at the old price. The DRM-free songs are available for an extra price of 30%. In exchange, the consumer (also) gets better file quality. Read more about DRM-free music from Apple & Microsoft
This is the most important thing that has happened on the intellectual property front lately. Former Soviet president Gorbachev asks Microsoft's Bill Gates not to pursue IP litigation against a high school teacher in Perm who used pirated software in classroom because: - he is poor - he has dedicated his life to teaching - he was just using pirated software, but has not installed and/or downloaded it, - because the possible punishment (imprisonment is Siberia) is disproportionate. Read more about Turning point in copyright infringement cases