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June 14, 2005

EMI Joins BMG in Customer Harrassment Program

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Posted by Alan Wexelblat

Back at the start of June I noted BMG's announcement that it's going to DRM-cripple more of its music disks. Now EMI has decided to jump on the wagon. (*)

The story by Jon Healey and Charles Duhigg has a smarmy condescending tone but covers the essentials. Notably, this tactic is aimed at the casual copier (read: customer), not the really serious pirates. Note that it's still incompatible with iTunes.

Most importantly, note that if fans sit by silently, the Cartel will take that as an OK to proceed. I suggest you do not sit silently. Make yourself heard by taking your dollars elsewhere, by writing to the companies, by creating public ruckus. Blog this, pass it on. Urge the companies to focus on large profiteering bootleggers and call off their war on their customers. Not that I actually expect anything to change, but as the bumper sticker says: "You have the right NOT to remain silent."

(*) use bugmenot if the registration page annoys you.

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