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June 1, 2005
Meanwhile, the Music DRM Marches On
A couple of brief pieces (here on geek.com and here on webpronews.com) reporting on Sony's BMG unit continuing to push more widespread use of DRM. After testing in the UK, Sony is now rolling out in the US a technology called XCP2 that is supposed to stop people making further copies of copied disks. The system is designed so that a personal backup copy can be made but the DRM transfers with the copy and blocks further copying. So you can have one copy in your car, but if you own two cars you're SoL?
XCP2 is just one of the copy-control technologies that Sony BMG have deployed and once again the customer is in the dark since the company doesn't label disks it has doctored, nor inform you in advance of purchase. This is what caused me to drop my BMG membership - I want to know. I disagree with PCPro, who call this an "informal deal" with the customer. I didn't have any part of this deal, nor do I have any negotiating power in the exchange, except to pick up my dollars and walk away. I'd hardly call that a "deal."
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