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A different approach to fighting piracy

Written by Jari Ketola @ 17 Sep 2002 14:41 User comments (3)

Instead of suing everybody and trying to scare people away from piracy, Island Records and Bon Jovi are offering added value for everyone who buys Bon Jovi's new album Bounce.
A unique registration code is included with every CD, and with that code you can register at Bon Jovi's website for the AmericanXS-service. The registered members can access exclusive content such as unreleased music, and a chance to win Bon Jovi concert tickets in select cities in the States, Canada, and Europe.

Check out the AmericanXS site, although there's not much to see unless you've bought the album. ;-)

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3 user comments

118.9.2002 5:14

This is so far the best approach I've seen to get people back to buying CDs. Even if a user downloads the complete album off the web, they will at least know what the artist's music is like and may encourage the user to purchase the ablum to access these web resources and competitions as well as obtaining CD quality tracks. So far, every other approach I've seen such as Suing, copy protection, blocking sites, etc. is simply encouraging users find a different source of entertainment. I.e. who wants to buy a CD that's crippled with copy protection and they don't know what most of the tracks sound like?

218.9.2002 6:59

Gorillaz album had a similar implementation, with the CD you got access to closed content on their site.

323.9.2002 19:12

Well it is about time that the record companies got smart. I would buy a good CD once and awhile especially if I had exclusive access to a web site ware I can listen or watch unreleased videos or hear unrealeased tracks. If I Download a new CD and like it, I would be impulsed to buy the actual CD so I can get the extras. I think the mainstream tech world is teaching both the RIAA and record labels that we aren't going to stand for such bulley tactics in the first place. Voodoohippi (Defender of free cyberspace).

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