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Thursday, March 16, 2006

"Copy Controlled" Music

I've recently purchased Moby.Hotel and noticed it was "Copy Controlled", when I popped in the CD, it asked to install software. After the Sony rootkit debacle, nobody in his right mind will ever even consider installing software bundled to copy protect the CDs contents. So obviously, I didn't.

Frankly I can't see why record companies would want to copy protect their content, and here is why:
  • Most people who buy music, do not buy music to make illegal copies, most people who still buy music, do it because it's the right thing to do.
  • Copy protection will severely impair their righteous customers listening experience. (For example: I don't own a 'real' CD player, and I can't play it on my computer without installing Mute Records untrusted software).
  • Folks who illegally acquire music from p2p networks, remain unimpaired, and can redistribute it to their hearts desire!
  • The mere notion that any copy protection scheme could protect music against 'professional' pirates (who generally populate the p2p networks) is extremely naive at best.
I'm considering returning Moby.Hotel and will probably never purchase another "Copy Controlled" CD from Mute (or any other record company) again.

I hope this will be properly resolved in the future, so I can keep on enjoying Moby's music!


  • Boot up linux.

    Put in copy-controlled CD.

    cdparanoia -Bvs

    And look at the bunch of .wav files ;)
    That's how it has always worked for me (even for 'COPY CONTROLLED DO NOT COPY' CDs).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19:03  

  • This is not about being able to copy a CD... It's about principle... About honest consumers being treated like dirt.

    And unfortunately Linux doesn't have EAC (

    By Blogger Dennis Laumen, at 19:56  

  • I read in your E-Mail today that you mailed Muse.
    You should consider mailing Moby too.

    It is just plain stupid that people who buy CDs are punished for the acts of people that download music illegaly from the internet.

    By Blogger lgespee, at 21:11  

  • I was able to rip the CD with The Sound Juicer just fine, but indeed, it's about the principle!

    By Blogger Pascal de Bruijn, at 21:50  

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