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Ripping legally purchased copy controlled audio CDs
Authored by: Chris Haynes on Feb 18, '03 08:00:53PM

The phrase "CD" means Compact Disc and is a standard. When a manufacturer distributes a disc that does not conform to these standards, that disc cannot be called a "CD" (to mean Compact Disc). In other words, you are perfectly within your rights to return the disc to the shop and demand your money back, since the shop sold you something they said was a CD and actually isn't. I read this in a news article somewhere.

Now for my rant... These record companies need to realise that not just Windows users buy CDs and not all Windows users use WMP. I use a Mac and I buy CDs. I am allowed by law to make one copy of anything I buy in case the original gets destroyed. It's called the Fair Use policy. I have every right to copy my CD. Since I can't realistically listen to two copies simultaneously, they are infringing my rights to Fair Use.

I will no longer buy an audio disc that I cannot copy for MY OWN PERSONAL USE. And Massive Attack should be hit hard for allowing their record company to do this.


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