[rumori] Re: pho: Copy-protected CD's wounded Pride

From: Don Joyce (djATwebbnet.com)
Date: Tue May 15 2001 - 23:36:09 PDT

Thank you, big bad world. Luckily, it's just too big and bad to ever be
entirely bound hand and foot by this locally legalized nonsense. But go
ahead, now you can spend the rest of the best years of your lives in the
company of lawyers trying to get FOREIGNERS to agree to your American
witholding schemes. These will be wonderful meetings in exotic places
filled with narrowed eye slits filled with nationalistic pride and little
translator buttons in everyone's ears trying to keep up with the
multilingual blustering and shuffling statistics. You think agreement is
difficult here? Your gonna love the way all THESE people think. They
haven't read ANY of the stuff you have, beginning with our particularly
eccentric, anti-public domain copyright laws.

Or you can do your very best to just wait and see what actually happens
with this Net thingy and whether OR NOT it ever actually threatens music,
artists, capitalism, America, the planet, or anything else you are all so
convinced needs protecting BEFORE there is any conclusive or even
threatening trend evidence for that need. Since from all your businesslike
viewpoints it's ALREADY too late to fix this, yet you are trying to fix it
anyway, why not wait until you can be sure it needs fixing and THEN try to
fix it? And as you can see, if you just can't bear to relax and keep your
hands off when no discernable harm* is being done, your unwanted efforts
will be endlessly subverted by the planetary public anyway. What a
collosally unjustified waste of time and money and calming pharmaceuticals
this all is!

First realization towards inner peace? - On the Net, private interests NO
LONGER control distribution. On the other hand, you will pay NOTHING for
potentially planetary publicity and the ultimate extent in word of mouth
advertising. Now can you make ANYTHING out of that?


* by "harm" I mean I want to see at least ONE artist forced out of music or
at least ONE music corporation go down like a dot com because of what is
happening or not happening on the Internet before we act on purely
theoretical needs and force universal sharing there to be illegal. You are
being SPOOKED by absolutely nothing scary appearing so far. This is the
unrealistically nervous HORSE sense in play today.

>Turns out we don't need to hack the "protected" CDs after all.
>DRM is ex post facto snake oil.
>Copy-protected CD's wounded Pride
>By Gwendolyn Mariano
>Staff Writer, CNET News.com
>May 15, 2001, 1:00 p.m. PT
>Free copies of songs from country music singer Charley Pride's latest album
>appeared on the Internet this week, just shortly before a version of the CD
>incorporating new anti-copying technology was released in U.S. stores
>The CD, released by Nashville, Tenn.-based Music City Records, features
>new album, "A Tribute to Jim Reeves." Eight of the 15 songs on the CD were
>posted Monday on a private Web page hosted by Yahoo.
>The appearance of MP3s from the album muddies the debate over the
>of CD encryption schemes in one of the first such commercial releases.
>Phoenix-based SunnComm, which provided the copy-protection technology for the
>CD, said the leaked songs did not come from a cracked CD but were likely
>from an unprotected set of 2,000 CDs released in Australia.
>"It's not a breach of our technology," said SunnComm Chairman John Aquilino.
>"We have a way of looking at what the content is and telling if someone has
>legitimately circumvented what we do, and this does not have those elements in
>Aquilino added that Pride did everything he could to make sure his content in
>the United States was protected but was unable to do anything for the
>Australian market.
>Regardless of whether the copy-protected CD was hacked, the leak underscores
>the need for all CDs to be protected for such measures to be effective,
>analysts said.
>Music City Records' CD "is a short-lived experiment," said Aram Sinnreich, an
>analyst from research firm Jupiter Research. "If you're going to release a
>copy-protected CD, then you better make sure the music is not available in an
>unprotected format anywhere else; otherwise, it's a pointless academic
>Although the indie label's copy-protected CD aims to thwart pirates, success
>stories don't come easily in the rough and tumble world of digital content
>The record industry wants to make it harder for consumers to directly copy
>which are the source for most MP3s traded online through services such as
>Napster. But it faces enormous hurdles. First, any barriers to copying must be
>"backward compatible"--meaning the new technologies would have to work on old
>CD players that don't screen for pirated material and vice versa.
>In addition, the industry must tackle considerable nontechnical issues,
>including potential consumer backlash and legal uncertainties over curtailing
>copying for personal use.
>That situation was underscored last year in a failed attempt by BMG Germany to
>push secure CDs using technology from Israeli security company Midbar. After
>shipping 130,000 copy-protected CDs, BMG was forced to abandon the project in
>January as complaints piled up from customers, who said the discs wouldn't
>on their players.
>Those efforts come against a backdrop of frustration in the music industry,
>which has been working unsuccessfully for years to create a digital
>copy-protection plan under a project known as the Secure Digital Music
>Initiative. The group last fall zeroed in on four technologies for installing
>so-called watermarks in digital files--a method that can track copies and even
>block songs from being played on certain devices.
>But the SDMI continues to run into snags.
>As one of the last legs on the road to approving an industry standard for CD
>security, the group sponsored a "hacking challenge" last fall, inviting
>programmers to break the finalists' codes.
>An academic team led by Princeton University Professor Edward Felten succeeded
>in cracking all four codes. Under legal threats from the record industry, the
>team last month backed out of presenting their research at a conference.
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