August 13th, 2004

benpeek

Music Copyrighting and Microsoft and General Insanity.

I always thought that copyright protected CDs were a bad idea. There was a lawsuit in Europe (somewhere in Europe, from sketchy memory) that stated that copyright protection was an actual infringement on the rights of a purchaser to use the CD to its fullest ability. The argument back was that everyone was going to go and burn their CDs and start selling them on the street in some renovated old lemonade stand that now had New Albums for $5 on the sign above them.

It's a stupid argument. There are so many ill conceived arguments behind the so called devastating myth of music piracy that I could spend weeks talking about them. In fact, I might just. But this post isn't about that. It's about the extent of how far the giant music corporations are cuddling up with that giant computer virus of a company microsoft. The result has been a copyright protection that operates plugs in a fancy little player for your copyright protected cd.

The funny thing is, this player is not compatible with iTunes, the program that allows you to load music onto your capitalist child, the Ipod.

I don't suppose anyone knows how to defeat this, do they?
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