[rumori] FWD: Music Industry Announces Pirate-Proof Recording Medium

Date: Fri Jun 07 2002 - 12:14:07 PDT

Chances are that everyone here has already seen this by now....I
betcha it originally came from those whacky folks at The Onion.
Anyone know for sure?

- Colin

> Music Industry Unveils New Piracy-Proof Format: A Black, Plastic Disc
> With Grooves On It
> Music bosses have unveiled a revolutionary new recording format that
> they hope will help win the war on illegal file sharing which is
> thought to be costing the industry millions of dollars in lost
> revenue.
> Nicknamed the 'Record', the new format takes the form of a black,
> vinyl disc measuring 12 inches in diameter, which must be played
> on a specially designed 'turntable'.
> "We can state with absolute certainty that no computer in the world
> can access the data on this disc," said spokesman Brett Campbell.
> "We are also confident that no-one is going to be able to produce
> pirate copies in this format without going to a heck of a lot of
> trouble. This is without doubt the best anti-piracy invention the
> music industry has ever seen."
> As part of the invention's rigorous testing process,the designers
> gave some discs to a group of teenage computer experts who regularly
> use file swapping software such as Limewire and gnutella and who
> admit to pirating music CDs.
> Despite several days of trying, none of them were able to hack into
> the disc's code or access any of the music files contained within it.
> "It's like, really big and stuff," said Doug Flamboise, one of the
> testers.
> "I couldn't get it into any of my drives. I mean, what format is it?
> Is it, like, from France or something?"
> Invention: Teenage computer hackers struggled to access the new disc.
> In the new format, raw audio data in the form of music is encoded by
> physically etching grooves onto the vinyl disc. The sound is thus
> translated into variations on the disc's surface in a process that
> industry insiders are describing as 'completely revolutionary' and
> 'stunningly clever.'
> To decode the data stored on the disc, the listener must use a special
> player which contains a 'needle' that runs along the grooves on the
> record surface, reading the indentations and transforming the movements
> back into audio that can be fed through loudspeakers.
> Even Shawn Fanning, the man who invented Napster, admits the new format
> will make file swapping much more difficult. "I've never seen anything
> like this," he told reporters. "How does it work?"
> Pirates: Their days are numbered.
> As rumours that a Taiwanese company has been secretly developing a
> 12 inch wide, turntable -driven, needle-based, firewire drive remain
> unconfirmed, it would appear that the music industry may, at last,
> have found the pirate-proof format it has long been searching for.

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