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CD Copy Protection

from: Phlegmish
8/30/01
10:56:01 AM
64.12.103.173

The major record labels are quietly producing copy-proof, defective CDs. Theyíve already secretly slipped over a million of these altered discs into record stores all over the world. The five major record labels wonít give up many of the details surrounding this experiment in copy protection, and Iíll tell you why. Theyíre trying to stop listeners from making digital copies. They're afraid you're going to upload that song to your favorite music sharing source. Hereís the deal. If you listen to one of these new CDs in your stereo, it will sound just fine. But try to use it to create an MP3 file, or try to copy it onto a blank disc, and you're in for some serious screeching. The copy will sound so bad; it's not worth sharing. If these new copy-proof CDs become the industry standard, you wonít be able to make a personal copy in the format of your choice. Hereís the problem Ė itís totally legal to make a personal copy, so you just bought a defective CD. If I buy the new Blink 182 CD, I better be able copy a few of the songs over to my portable MP3 player. If I canít, you know Iíll be asking for a refund. Iíd advise you to do the same. The major technology players in this music-altering scheme are Midbar, SunnComm, and Macrovision. Macrovision has even been quietly testing copy-protected CDs on unwitting consumers to ensure unbiased feedback, according to the company.

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