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EMI Considers Abandoning DRM on CDs 166

jOmill writes "EMI Netherlands has announced that it is considering no longer using DRM on CDs, because it isn't worth the cost. According to Reuters the company is still reviewing the decision. From the article: 'Critics have argued that the system has not worked as consumers could be driven to illegal sites to download music to the popular iPod instead. A spokeswoman for EMI said it had not manufactured any new disks with DRM, which restricts consumers from making copies of songs and films they have purchased legally, for the last few months.'"
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EMI Considers Abandoning DRM on CDs

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  • Yay! (Score:3, Funny)

    by SatanicPuppy ( 611928 ) * <> on Tuesday January 09, 2007 @11:41AM (#17522902) Journal
    Maybe the rest of the damn CD makers will follow suit, and I can go back to using my Sharpies to scribble on the front of my CDs!

  • by active1x0 ( 1048858 ) on Tuesday January 09, 2007 @12:00PM (#17523174)
    ...and the poor software pirates who are quickly being putting out of business. How are they going to put food on the table if they don't have anything to crack? Let's do the right thing and think of their needs, people!
  • by e4g4 ( 533831 ) on Tuesday January 09, 2007 @12:03PM (#17523202)
    ...EMI has announced they are discontinuing the release of new albums on standard Audio CDs and will now be selling Audio HD-DVDs complete with fingerprint scanners and GPS transmitters and facial recognition software. Any AHD-DVD found to be played by a user other than it's owner (or within hearing range of a non-owner) will self-destruct, and any AHD-DVD found outside it's allocated region will explode.

    In other, other news, numerous airlines worldwide have banned the usage of all media disks during flight.
  • by Rogerborg ( 306625 ) on Tuesday January 09, 2007 @12:30PM (#17523548) Homepage
    Look on your CD player. See the buttons marked pause and stop? Figure out the difference.
  • Re:Good... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Monkelectric ( 546685 ) <slashdot@mon k e l e c t r i c . com> on Tuesday January 09, 2007 @12:31PM (#17523562)
    Preventing casual infringement also depends on your definition of infringement. I bought the new David Gray CD. It wouldnt play in my computer for some reason, so I bought another copy. Then I found out it was copy protected. I don't *OWN* a cd player and I couldn't rip it.

    I have two copies of the album and to this day I have only heard it via an mp3 downloaded illegally. In this case they just prevented me from legal fair use and its the last sony album I'll every buy.

  • by paeanblack ( 191171 ) on Tuesday January 09, 2007 @01:12PM (#17524168)
    Which will come first?

    Effective DRM
    or the release of Duke Nukem Forever?

    The current problem with Duke Nukem Forever is the DRM they implemented on the master disc. The actual game has been finished for quite some time now. The reason you can't find it in stores is because the cd manufacturers haven't figured out how copy the master without Duke showing up and putting his boot up their ass. It truly is the world's first kickass DRM.

    DRM...the only way to win is not to play.

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