posted Apr 27, 2001

Uncopyable CD Strikes the Wrong Note Music & MP34/27/2001; 5:23:28 PM 'Consumers love the compact disc, but the recording industry doesn't always feel the same love for the humble CD. Sure, it's cheap and sounds good -- but it's also cheap and easy to duplicate and share with a few hundred million friends and family members on the Internet....''This interrogate-the-owner tactic used to be the standard procedure with software in the '80s, when programs routinely asked you to type some phrase or word from a page of the manual. Developers gave up this approach when they realized it was too much of a hassle for legitimate users -- and cost them too much in technical support expenses. Today, SunnComm insists it's necessary. Will the music industry learn this lesson all over again?'This lesson has been taught before. The smart money's on these schemes failing, and consumers eventually rebelling.Hey, maybe we'll get lucky and these companies will start coming up with copy protection schemes for each seperate CD... then we can experience a revival of the crackerz scene, which while still technically alive and well, has taken serious hits from the ease of pirating modern mostly-unprotected games. Better brush up on my b1ff-sp34k.


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