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Evading Firewalls

posted by AaronSw at 2001-12-24 02:59 (permalink)

AaronSw: My late-night proposal.
sbp: A sign of definite 'Plex progression

Universal to release copy-protected CD in U.S. (12/16/2001)

posted by AaronSw at 2001-12-24 01:45 (permalink)

AaronSw: This "copy protection" is pretty funny. They basically put a number of errors in the CD so that it doesn't work with current CD ripping software. I'm sure the next version of all the software will fix this.
AaronSw: Note how Hillary Rosen keeps saying that there's been harm caused, but never says how. Like she's never said that record sales have fallen, because I don't think they have.
sbp: I agree with the point that the drop of in sales figures is probably due to the poor crop of music this year
AaronSw: It is good to see that consumers aren't taking this easily.
AaronSw: Perhaps if CDs weren't so insanely overpriced they wouldn't have to worry about "15 high school friends from getting together and pooling their money to buy a single music CD and a spindle of blank discs and making dubs for everyone in the group -- with a few extras to sell at school."
AaronSw: And I can't say I'd shed a tear if consumers are learning they don't have to listen to the same old look-alike bands.
AaronSw: I think the copy protection warning sticker should say "Parental Advisory Warning" on it. ;-)

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