[Gllug] (OT) End of copying CD's?

Richard Cottrill richard_c at tpg.com.au
Wed Apr 10 12:56:23 UTC 2002

FWIW radio stations often get plain-wrap CDs (as well as copious normal
ones) from the distribution companies. More or less analogous to the MSDN
distributions of M$ bits and pieces.

Distribution companies know which side their bread is buttered on. They'll
do anything to ensure that radio stations have plenty of music in whatever
format they want. They could of course use something like steganography(?)
to tag the music so they can find the source of the leaks after the fact.

I have no faith the ability of this sort of copy protection to work
indefinitely. People will just make programs to play the CD and encode the
audio stream. Quality will suffer a bit and ripping will take longer, but it
wont stop by any measure.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: gllug-admin at linux.co.uk [mailto:gllug-admin at linux.co.uk]On Behalf
> Of Simon Stewart
> Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 1:34 PM
> To: gllug at linux.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [Gllug] (OT) End of copying CD's?
> On Wed, Apr 10, 2002 at 01:22:42PM +0100, Robert Wood wrote:
> > Is this likely to affect all pc's or just windoze only systems?
> >
> > (taken from http://special.reserve.co.uk/news/story.php?id=1639)
> While I don't listen to that kind of thing myself, the new Shakira
> album is also protected. Can't be read in my Mac or PC, which was a
> PITA, cos I wanted a line from the current single as a startup
> noise[1]
> Naturally, I advised the owner of the CD to take it back, claiming
> that it was faulty.
> On a side note, this is going to really do in commercial radio; these
> guys copy the audio from their CDs onto digital playout systems before
> they get played, cos CDs are too likely to get damaged (amongst other
> reasons) If they can't promote the singles, I'd expect the record
> company's profit to slide, which will no doubt be blamed on piracy[2]
> Cheers,
> Simon
> [1] "Lucky that my breasts are small and humble, so you won't mistake
>      them for mountains", FWIW
> [2] Correctly, as it happens, cos there wouldn't be the problem
>     without all the anti-piracy measures....
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