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Victory over copy-protected CDs?

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 22 Feb 2002 11:08

In September, Californian woman Karen DeLise sued Music City Records and CD copy-protection developer SunnComm because an album released by Music City Records, "Charley Pride: A Tribute to Jim Reeves", didn't have any kind of information on its cover saying that the CD is copy-protected, wont work with certain CD players and tracks user behaviour. Now she says that all involved companies have agreed to add stickers to CDs stating the obvious and also agreed to remove the user behaviour tracking system. CDs contained PC-playable versions of the tracks that could be played only with SunnComm's player and that player sent user's listening data to SunnComm's servers.
Does sound good, but it kinda misses the point -- we are still waiting for a court decision whether copy-protected CDs are legal or not. There's a huge fight currently going on over this issue and various groups are saying that if labels are allowed to do this, they should not receive any money from blank tapes, CDs, etc as they currently do.

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