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Ripping legally purchased copy controlled audio CDs
Authored by: frogmella on Feb 18, '03 11:59:25AM

Of course, if a significant number of people don't buy CDs with copy protection, the music industry will just blame the drop in sales on music piracy, and lobby even harder for stronger laws against fair use.

Incidentally, I always get my CDs (here in the UK) by mail order from abroad, and they're usually something like 35% cheaper than the High Street, and have (so far) not included copy protection where their UK equivalents have done so. For example, the new Massive Attack is £8.99 at cd-wow versus £13.99 at HMV.



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Ripping legally purchased copy controlled audio CDs
Authored by: notmatt on Feb 18, '03 07:04:58PM
...if a significant number of people don't buy CDs with copy protection, the music industry will just blame the drop in sales on music piracy...

This is why returning them is a good idea - the music store knows they've actually lost a sale because of the protection. This, in effect, puts the retail side of the industry firmly on the side of the consumer. Divide and conquer.

Personally, I'd like to see the industry admit that they shot themselves in the foot. They've dropped new title issues by something like a cumulative 33% since 1999, and sales have only dropped by about 15% in the same timeframe. Personally, that sounds like demand is increasing, or at the very worst, remaining steady.

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