"Copy-protected" crippled CDs are here. MUST READ.

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  1. Ryan Spaight

    Ryan Spaight Supporting Actor

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    Copy-protected CDs are here as of today, and they won't work in:
    - DVD players
    - computer CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD drives
    - game consoles (PS2, etc.)
    - many car players with skip protection
    - many portable players with skip protection
    - many "high-end" CD players
    - CD copying decks
    http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/ne...t/cd121701.htm
    I don't think I have anything in my house I can play these things on. I'll bet many of you don't, either. Some labels are talking about offering crappy low bitrate WMA files to buyers -- gee, thanks.
    Of course, if you have a conventional CD player with a digital out, you can hook that up to the digital in on a sound card and make clean digital rips, so the "copy protection" is worthless. The only thing this technology does well is tick me off.
    I noticed in the article that Universal is promising to take refunds. Perhaps several thousand of us need to take them up on it.
    Any other ideas?
    Ryan
     
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    Man, this sucks. A few portions of the web article you provided a link to intrigued me.
    With regards to some labels incorporating copy protection technology:
     
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    I believe the latest news refers to the Universal-Vivendi release of a new copy protected CD.

    It's a second soundtrack CD to the movie, fast and furious. They did a relatively minor CD first, to avoid any big controversy.
     
  4. Ryan Spaight

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    Correct. According to the article, Universal intends to use the practice on all new releases starting mid-2002, in the absence of any huge public outcry.

    Ryan
     
  5. Ray R

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    I think pressure needs to be put on the stores that sell these CDs. All it would take is one big chain to refuse to carry copy protected CDs and the whole plan falls apart.
     
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    Ray, I like your idea, but who would win that stand-off? What if a highly anticipated title by a blockbuster artist like Michael Jackson or Britney Spears is released only as a copy-protected CD and one major chain like Sam Goody refuses to carry it? All the rabid fans will go elsewhere (Best Buy, Circuit City, Border's, online, etc.) the day the title is released (or pre-order it), and Sam Goody will suffer. It is likely that the record label would produce the CD in the same quantity that it would if Sam Goody were to carry it. The record label would simply ship stock elsewhere because the demand would still be there. If Sam Goody elected not to carry the copy-protected CD, people will take their money elsewhere. Copy protection absolutely blows, but there are still a number of fans out there that will buy a copy-protected CD rather than no CD at all. In fact, CD sales could very well increase since one couldn't make copies of the pre-recorded CD for others. That's the sad truth.

    In the end, I don't think one chain boycotting copy-protected CDs will be enough. However, what needs to happen is that consumers need to stand up and say no to copy protection. The record companies will take notice if album sales plummet. From what I said above, that may not happen with certain artists like Britney Spears, but it could happen with enough titles to make a major difference and change the record companies' thinking. We can hope.
     
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    I give this so called "protection" scheme a week or two before some hackers crack the code. Then there'll be a small program available that will enable you to rip them into MP3's or whatever you want to do with them.
    Don't worry, for every protection scheme out there, there's always a way around it......[​IMG]
     
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    Peter, unfortunately, a hack program wouldn't help those who own hi-fi component burners.
    P.S. By posting this message, I am not condoning the illegal copying of software. [​IMG]
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    Ryan, absolutely. Good point. I was coming from the angle of copying CDs. It is ridiculous to think that we could be seeing a number of new CDs coming out next year that won't play in DVD players.
     
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    KeithH,
     
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    Are these "copy protected" cd's are labeled as such?

    Is there any way to know which CD's are like that so when I take it off the shelf,I can read this somewhere on it?
     
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    The article said that the Fast and Furious CD would be labeled.

    Point of logic: if they make it so that CDs won't play in commonly used hardware, won't this make people more likely to burn and rip songs? I mean, I always buy CDs, but if a new album comes out and I can't hear it, I'll download it. This "copy protection" would change me from a nice, record company friendly consumer into a dreaded software pirate.

    This would also hurt the artists, as many people who don't follow technology may incorrectly blame the performer for any problems they have. But then again, this wouldn't differ from how record companies treat their talent.

    Stupid stupid stupid
     
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    The important point here is surely to boycott CDs that don't play in most systems, not copy protection on a CD, which is essentially a fair idea. You might just as well not buy any DVDs with Macrovision for the same reason, otherwise.[​IMG]
    Admittedly the distinction is small but it's there.
    What's more intriguing is how Sony plan to deal with this. On the one hand they are a major record label. On the otherhand the current crop of adverts I see around me (in the UK) say 'download music to your walkman'. Well they're not going to get far marketing their hi-tech gadgetry if they do that.
    What's very weird is that if you make a copy of a CD on a standalone burner it sets a bit saying 'this is a digital copy - you cannot copy this again'. Now why not start my making all published CDs contain this flag, thus prevent rudimentary copying of the CD. Would probably stop some casual copies if they really want. As someone said, they're never going to stop the big old bootleggers. [​IMG]
     
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    Since I use a DVD player at home, and my computer at the office, to listen to CDs this really pisses me off. I have noticed the last bunch of Sony remasters (Blue Öyster Cult, Miles Davis) will not play on my computer at work. I wonder if this is because of copy protection?

    In the end I think the record companies will drop copy protection and jack up the blank tape/CD-R tax.
     
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