Band Recalls Its Own Copy Protected CD, While Sony BMG Refuses To
from the protecting-the-artists,-huh? dept
While Sony BMG has agreed to recall some of the copy protected CDs that have security holes, they've left others on the shelves. As more musicians have begun realizing that the copy protection harms them, one band has decided to issue its own type of recall. They're sending unencumbered, burned CDs to anyone who has their copy protected CD. They started out doing this to help fans get around the fact that Sony BMG's copy protection won't let you play songs on an iPod, but say the security holes only reinforce the belief that they need to do this. Some bands have simply taken to posting instructions on how to get around the copy protection -- but clearly this band feels that even that's too much of a pain for its fans to go through. Notice that the band is most likely paying for all of this out of their own (collective) pocket. What was that line the recording industry liked to use about how copy protection "protects the artist?" Seems like an awful lot of evidence that plenty of artists feel pretty harmed by it.