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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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Aug. 12th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
For most such schemes, just hold down left shift when you insert the disc and it won't autorun the protection crap. Alternatively, disable autorun (it's buried in the control panels somewhere).

If the disc has already run once, it may have left behind drivers that will recognize the disc and lock it anyways; I'm sure there are clean-up programs for that, but I always run with auto-run off so I've never had my machines infected by their stuff.
Aug. 13th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC)
hmm. i've used the shift key, but all it does it stop the player from loading. don't seem to be able to get it to work on itunes. maybe i should take out the autorun thing.
Aug. 13th, 2004 04:04 am (UTC)
uhh, i dunno much about iPods. i just know that i have an open source Audio ripper that i got free with a computer mag. it copied RAdioHEad's (copy protected) Hail to the thief to my hard drive no worries... it was to MP3 though. i don't know if this would make any difference. you could possibly use this programme to extract the data, even if you had to re-convert the file type with ipods program later.

see: www.mgshareware.com (i think) or search for "free rip".

i don't know what the record companies are complaining about. CD sales are up 17% from what they were last year.

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