Tuesday, July 31, 2001

The crippled media folly begins The recording industry has begun its experiment with crippled media by releasing CDs that cannot be copied into digital formats. So, no more copying songs you have onto your Rio. Anticipating the consumer hatred such items will no doubt engender, they have done this secretly, and not told consumers that the CDs they're buying have less functionality than regular CDs. This surely is illegal, and any consumer advocate group for fair labeling could take them to task. If folks know who to get in touch with about this, drop me a line. I'm not saying that music publishers can't cripple the medium if they want to, but it should be clear to me what kind of CD I'm buying before I buy it. (Here's an editorial cartoon, just for fun).

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