The US music and technology industries have announced a deal to drop their support for new laws that would require copy-protection to be built into consumer electronics.

However, observers say copy-protection technology may well still be implemented despite the agreement, and consumers may have lost industry support for the protection of digital rights in the process.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a powerful lobbying body representing the five biggest record labels, agreed to drop support for legislation that would require computers and other electronic devices to have built-in copy-protection technology.

In return, the Business Software Alliance and the Computer Systems Policy Project, which represent hardware and software technology firms, vowed to drop support for legislation that would extend user’s rights to make back-up copies of digital music and video files.