In 2009, major record labels decided to remove DRM from music on iTunes. Over a decade has passed since then, and now the issue has resurfaced in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Internet service provider RCN plans to use it as a defense, while the record labels argue that the DRM issue is outdated and no longer relevant.

Towards the end of the 2000s, music fans celebrated the news that record labels and Apple had agreed to eliminate DRM from music files downloaded through iTunes.

The music industry initially implemented various measures to protect music files from unauthorized copying, but even legitimate customers were uncomfortable with these methods.

The removal of DRM was seen as a breakthrough by DRM opponents and a significant step forward in the music industry. However, more than a decade after iTunes removed DRM, this issue is being reexamined in a complex copyright infringement case.

Record labels clash with RCN

Three years ago, several record labels, including Arista Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music, and Warner Records, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Internet service provider RCN. The music companies accused RCN of taking no action against users of its service who were continuously infringing copyright.

These are just a few of the copyright infringement lawsuits currently taking place. These lawsuits are not insignificant, as they involve hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Therefore, RCN is seeking any possible means of defense.

After unsuccessful efforts, the Internet service provider is looking for other options to protect itself.

To do this, the company wants to learn more about the decision to remove DRM from downloaded files on iTunes. Specifically, the company is questioning music companies when seeking information related to the decision to eliminate DRM.

“Identify all those involved in the decision to remove DRM from music files sold through the iTunes store,” the request states.