The eternal struggle to keep copy protection off of consumer goods continues…
CNet reports: New CD copy-lock technology nears market.
The software industry has, for the most part, already learned that copy protection just frustrates ordinary users and is a mere speed bump to those determined to pirate. If you grew up with the first generation of PC’s you most certainly remember dongle keys, uncopyable floppy disks, entering words or codes from the manual, etc. These kludgey copy protection schemes doomed more than a few companies, as frustrated users went to competitors products that were easier to install. These schemes rarely prevented copying. What the did help foster was an entire subculture that grew to overcome these kind of obstacles – software cracking.
Of course the music industry has completely overlooked this historical example and seems determined to try to stop customers from making MP3’s from purchased PC’s. They’re charging ahead with uncopyable CD’s, which in some cases are also unplayable. The best part are the quotes from the copy protection vendors who say that their technology hasn’t been cracked. Of course that’s easily explainable, since there are so few copy protected CD’s available. If and when these copy protected CD’s go into wider circulation expect that the copy protection will quickly be broken, freeing the sufficiently motivated to continue MP3 ripping.
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