One of the world's biggest music labels, EMI, is in discussions with online music stores over dropping copy protection or digital rights management (DRM) from its music. 

USA Today says that DRM has become a major bugbear for the music industry in particular, being blamed for a double-digit slump in sales.
Last week Apple supremo Steve Jobs set the cat among the pigeons when he called for the music industry to dump DRM. Edgar Bronfman, head of Warner, said Jobs' statements on the subject were "completely without merit."
Warner reiterated its support for DRM.
According to USA Today, Yahoo Music GM, Dave Goldberg, predicts that by Christmas, most of Yahoo's catalog will be DRM-free.
"The labels understand that DRM has to go," he says. "It's nothing but a tax on digital consumers. There's good momentum behind DRM going away."
Goldberg adds that sales would increase by 15% to 20% without DRM.
Online piracy continues to grow worldwide and it is estimated that more than 15-billion songs were downloaded from unauthorised file-sharing services last year.
And, according to Nielsen SoundScan, legitimate album sales so far this year are down 15%.