A mobile phone association wants new, cheaper digital rights management (DRM) systems for mobile devices. They threatened to leave the open standard because it would be too expensive
The operators' complaints follow similar grumbling by manufacturers of mobile phones and consumer electronics, who told Reuters in late February that a $1 royalty per mobile device was too high a price just to protect digital music and video against illegal copying. They said they would not be able to recoup that amount with revenue from digital entertainment.
Operators would also have to pay a percentage of the price of a download, which could mean a 1 cent royalty fee for a $1 song transferred onto a mobile phone.