16 Jun 2005 @ 5:44 PM 

I pre-ordered the new Foo Fighters double CD set when it was first listed on Amazon over a month ago, and it showed up today. Wanting to listen to it on my Rio Karma, since that’s what I usually listen to, I tried to rip the CD. It wouldn’t rip because it’s been “protected” by Sunncomm’s digital restrictions. About five minutes later, I found exactly what to do to rip the CDs that I paid for so I can listen to them.

Of course, it’s faster to just go to Usenet and download them after someone else has gone through the trouble of reconfiguring their system to use their own music on their own computer, and then shared it illegally with the world. Interesting that it’s faster and easier to do the wrong thing than it is to exercise the fair use rights that I’m told are mine by legal precedents and Constitutional lawyers. Great.

Oh, and did I mention that the copy protection didn’t protect it from being copied? Just want to make that perfectly clear.

Posted By: Gary
Last Edit: 16 Jun 2005 @ 05:44 PM

Categories: Entertainment, Geek


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  1. Very true! Sony should make sure that it’s easier to obey the law than it is to break it.

    To make things worse, RCA/Sony BMG’s DRM software is basically impossible to remove from a Windows computer.

    In fact, it would appear that the only way to totally remove their software once it’s been installed is to format your hard drive. I shared my experience with this problem here: Use Sony DRM, Format Your Hard Drive

  2. […] n.com’s customer review link. You know, the fact that it takes about three minutes to break the copy protection on the latest Foo Fighters disk. So, not only do t […]

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