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FC: Can copy protected CDs hurt artists by limiting radio play?

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Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2003 11:48:04 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <jhall@astron.Berkeley.EDU> To: Declan McCullagh <> Subject: unanticipated effects of copy protection... Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.44.0304061118520.22415-100000@irk>

[I thought this was interesting... Radio stations that are 100% digital can't play certain copy-protected CDs because the copy-protection doesn't allow them to rip the tracks on to their station's system. Copy-protection is therfore directly responsible for the lack of airtime in this market by the artists who choose to copy-protect their CDs! It's safe to say that this isn't the last of such effects... -joe]


Copy protected CDs: artists can be the losers


This radio station, which recently received its regular bag of freebies from EMI, finds that it is unable to play any of the CDs it received - the copy protection on the discs gets in the way.


The station in question has no standalone CD players, just desktop PCs (all running Windows 2000) and a couple of old Denon CD Cart players.

"The CD tries to install some files to allow the PC to play the CD but my boss won't authorise the installation of these files because he has no technical info on the software," wrote the gentleman who let us know about this.

"And if we can't transfer the CD tracks to our digital playout system the CD ain't going to get any airplay at all!"



PS: There's also a discussion about this on slashdot... []

------------------------------------------------------------------ Joseph Lorenzo Hall

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