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I bought a cd at the weekend and it's one of these copy control ones. It works fine on the PC and in iTunes as well. So ---what's the point? Am I missing something? Also seems strange to spend so much time preventing people who have actually bought the thing making a copy for themselves.. wakaranai.gif

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Is it being on an ipod not counted as a "copy"? As you said, it does seem curious that they are trying to stop people who have actually bought the thing to make their own copy. You'd have thought there were more urgent matters and baddies out there to try and stop.

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Sony is abandoning its copy-protected CDs that use built-in technology to limit copying them.

The CDs allow users to copy their music once for free onto a personal computer, but use the internet to charge a fee for subsequent copies of the same disc.


Sony Music Entertainment said it would stop producing the CDs because its message against illegal duplication has widely sunk in.


A spokesperson said only a small part of the population illegally copy CDs.


Restricted playback


The copy protection technology was introduced two years ago by record companies who faced a sales slump and wanted to stop pirated CDs reaching the black market.


It usually works by placing a layer of data on a CD that enables playback only on a home stereo or portable hi-fi device.


However, in January Belgium-based consumer group Test-Achats said the technology also stopped fans playing the CDs on some devices and making legitimate back-up copies.


The group called for EMI, Universal, Sony and BMG to stop releasing copy-protected CDs and to reimburse fans.


Big-selling releases including Shakira's Laundry Service and Radiohead's Hail to the Thief were affected, Test-Achats said.


Piracy slowdown


In July the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) estimated that 35% of all CDs sold in the world were pirate copies.


The ratio of illegal to legal sales had increased from one in five in 2000 to one in three in 2003.


The growth of pirate CDs has slowed, however. The number of pirate CDs rose 4% in 2003, compared with a 14% rise in the previous year.


Sony recently started adapting its copy protection strategy due to the proliferation of MP3 computer files, used to store music in portable audio players such as Apple's iPod.


Last month Sony announced that its own portable audio players, which will soon go on sale in Europe, will be able to use any MP3 files. Previously, Sony's players only handled MP3 files that were converted into the company's own format.

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ian--copyright in the U.S. as well as in Japan is very ambigious, so take what i'm about 2 say w/ a grain of salt...The Copyright Act of 1976 (effective 1978) was made 2 protect the authors of "original works". that means, as soon as you begin to write a novel, paint a picture, write a song,....it belongs 2 U and U only. when large record companies, 4 example, agree 2 release Ur album, part (most) of the music then belongs 2 the company.

copyright makes it illegal 2 produce mass copies without written permission. if someone can prove U copied 5000 CDs on2 5000 CD-RWs, U R violating copyright. the ambigous part is that if U make 2 copies 2 give 2 Ur friends/family, U've technically done nothing illegal.

remember blank tapes? back then, no one cared if U made a mix tape and gave it 2 Ur friend. but now with the Internet, bands like Metallica sue software like Napstre and say the file sharing is illegal...and they win. all sounds pretty dumb 2 me. yeah, a small portion of the masses make copies available on the Internet, but there's becoming a thinner/finer line of who to prosecute--the Internet? Ur ISP? U? hope that cleared up more than it confused.

the Internet has put the means of production in2 the hands of the people!

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