Open Letter to Steve Jobs on DRM

This is a letter I am sending to Steve Jobs about DRM. Feel free to grab a copy, edit it and send one of your own.

Apple, Inc.
1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014
ATTN: Steve Jobs, CEO

Dear Mr Jobs:

First off, on behalf of all sane individuals I'd like to thank you for your efforts in the battle again DRM. Your recent agreement with EMI gives me hope that someday I'll be able to legally buy any music I choose over the internet and play it on any device that I own from my iPod, to a car stereo to a linux machine to an Xbox 360. The openness of DRM free music will change the way music is sold, and listened. Although I am an iPod user I have held off on buying any music from the iTunes Music Store, since I couldn't play said music legally on other devices in my home, office and car. I'm sure when the industry sees the success of this relationship, they will fall in line.

Unfortunately, the work isn't done yet. Video content from iTMS is still only available with DRM. I'm sure with your recently published stance on DRM, that this is a result of what the Content Providers want and not a way to lock content to the appleTV. If this is so, I ask you to publish an article aimed at the studios similar to the one you wrote about the music industry explaining why DRM is not an effective gatekeeper for content, and explaining how their business model would be well served by opening things up. You already know the facts, your article about the music industry proved that, you just need to express them.

When it's available, I will be purchasing my first songs off of iTunes, music that I am free to do with what I choose. Thank you for this opportunity. I hope to soon be buying episodes of Battlestar Galactic.

Thank you for your time

Sean P Reiser