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Monday, November 21, 2005
  A big middle finger to the RIAA and the Music Labels
National Post: "The EMI discs use different software than Sony BMG, and have yet to cause any computer troubles.

Labels say they need the technology in order to stop people from sharing music with those who haven't paid for it.

Still, retailers say such technology is punishing those who are actually willing to fork over cash for music - an ever-dwindling group as it is.

'Consumers are not liking it,' says Leslie Purchase, assistant manager at CD Plus in the Halifax Shopping Centre. 'People are getting very frustrated by (copy-protected CDs).'

She's noticed an increase in customers who put CDs down after noticing the 'copy-controlled' or 'copy-protected' label.

'A lot of customers won't buy them now. They say 'I don't want it',' she said.

The copy controls are possible through digital rights management technology, or DRM. It lets labels restrict the number of times a CD can be shared - meaning burned or copied.

More controversial is the ability to control which programs consumers can use to playback their music. With EMI and Sony BMG discs, for instance, the music is compatible only with Windows Media Player but not with ITunes (for PC users)."
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