View Full Version : CD Copy-Protection

Jan 25, 2003, 11:12 PM

Microsoft announced to the world its new technology to protect CD & DVD discs from being copied. Great! Now every time I think about buying a new CD I have to check the packaging to see if it is indeed a CD or one of these new things that just look like one. I hope that iTunes can be patched to work with these new discs so that ripping CDs for my personal use does not become more difficult that it should be. I would even record the music through the digital out of a DVD player if I have to.

Copy-Protection might be a telling sign of Microsoft's closeness to the government that would have split it in two just a few years ago. They get away with being a monopoly and in return government agencies get to look at the Windows source code and consumers get copy-protected discs.

If this outcome does not give companies like Apple an incentive to release an OS for generic PCs then nothing will. An OS X for x86 would not be all that it is on Apple hardware, but for PeeCee users who want to go on ripping CDs it might be the only sensible alternative to Windows.

Jan 25, 2003, 11:20 PM
Do you have a link for an article so we can make our own decissions?

Jan 25, 2003, 11:30 PM
In two months, a teen from some country will hack it. And then Microsoft will have to do something about that.

Jan 25, 2003, 11:31 PM
Read this from OS Opinion:


Jan 27, 2003, 08:19 AM
Originally posted by Sol
Read this from OS Opinion:


Ughh.. that's the same article you linked to from your first post... it's just a different site...



Jan 27, 2003, 09:10 AM
The article pretty much says it all. They can't keep people from copying in the analog domain. People are content with listening to music in the mp3 format...an analog copy is just as good if not better. It just isn't as convenient because it'll take longer to copy.

The music industry whines and cries about this so much, but they've been charging $10-18 per CD for the last twenty years. Considering the cost of CD/artwork is only about $1...they make a lot of money on each purchase...and the band may only see 5 to 10 cents for each one sold...

All hail the independent label!

Jan 28, 2003, 03:03 AM
The same article?!

Just goes to show why we all need more independent media outlets. Everyone is publishing the same stories!