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Two Yahoo Music Execs Resign

David Goldberg and Robert Roback, both VPs and general managers of Yahoo Music, had joined the portal after it acquired their company Launch Media in 2001.

The executives in charge of Yahoo's online music operation said Wednesday they have resigned in order to return to their "entrepreneurial roots."

David Goldberg and Robert Roback, both VPs and general managers of Yahoo Music, had joined the portal after it acquired their company Launch Media in 2001.

Recently, Goldberg made headlines on the Web by telling the SiliconValleyWatcher blog that experiments on Yahoo had shown that removing copyright-protection technology, called DRM, from downloadable music had boosted sales. Goldberg said he was a long-time advocate of stopping the use of DRM, or digital rights management systems.

Statements sent via e-mail by Yahoo, however, made no mention of Goldberg's controversial stand. Instead, Goldberg said it was a "personal decision" to resign. "After 13 years in this industry, Bob Roback and I look forward to going back to our entrepreneurial roots," Goldberg said. "I will help in the transition to new leadership, and I am proud to have led an exceptional team of music professionals. I wish them continued success."

Yahoo said that Goldberg and Roback had made "significant contributions to Yahoo and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors." Vince Broady, head of entertainment and games at Yahoo, would also lead Yahoo Music.

In denouncing the use of DRM, Goldberg joined Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who issued a statement last week calling on major record companies to stop using the technology. Jobs said DRM made online music more difficult to use for the customer, and did little to stop piracy. Apple iTunes is the largest seller of downloadable music on the Web.

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