The head of Atlantic Records UK seems to be recognizing the fact that copy protection doesn't provide consumers with anything of value, and he has an interesting idea on how to deal with this fact: make copy protected CDs cheaper than those without copy protection. What if you had an option to buy a copy protected CD at a discount, or an "open" CD at a premium? While it's surprising to see a recording industry exec admit the lower value of a copy protected CD, we all know what would happen. Most people would buy the cheaper CD, and proceed to use some sort of workaround to deal with the copy protection. Unfortunately, this also opens the door to the concept of use-based pricing for music. Want to play that CD on a stereo? That'll be $15. Want to play it on a computer also? $17.50. In your car? $20. On your portable music player? $25.
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