User forced to copy Music CD so he could listen to the CD!

EMI's copy-protection technology has resulted in a Melbourne/Australia resident doing exactly what the company is trying to prevent - copy a music disc in order to listen to it.

Stephen Marovitch, creative director of the Simon Richards Group which is based in Port Melbourne, picked up the latest Norah Jones album on April 25, and took it to work. Once there, he tried to listen to his new acquisition, using his Titanium laptop which runs version 10.2 of Apple's operating system. There was no response, with the disc not being recognised. Mr Marovitch even tried to listen to the disc on a workstation which runs Windows 2000 and then on one which runs Windows XP, and in both cases, he got no joy. The disc was not picked up by the system.

His response was to send an email dripping with sarcasm to EMI :-

    "Just a courtesy email to inform you, that as a result of problems experienced playing the Norah Jones CD containing your Copy Control measures on Apple OS10.2 Titanium Laptop, Windows 2000 workstation and Windows XP workstation, I have now been forced to copy your CD just to listen to it," he wrote.

    "In all circumstances the CD drives could not recognise, load or play the disc. Maybe you should consider displaying a warning on the covers of all of your CDs i.e. Warning: This CD may not work!"

    "Please congratulate the genius that concocted this anti-pirating strategy."

The reply Mr. Marovitch received from EMI appears to be a form letter. While offering the customary apology for "the inconvenience caused" it only sought information about the hardware specs for the Windows systems he had used. There was no comment about the Apple computer at all.

News source: Slashdot - When Copy Protection Fails

View: The Age - When copy protection backfires

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