CD Rights Protected, Usefulness Not...


Cory Doctorow, long time lover of all things DRM, recently found out that the new Coldplay CD comes with bogus usage guidelines that treat Coldplay customers like criminals.

In the past Chris Martin spoke out on the evils of his label. In celebration of Coldplay's newest single Talk they allow you to send them a 20 second Skype message. Perhaps it is worth sending some feedback about the DRM.

When I was at the Regulating Search conference one of the things that was frequently stressed was that the only thing needed for many vertical searches to work well was a mutually successful business model between publishers and search engines. Many of the algorithms and feedback loops are already in place.

As accessing public opinion becomes quicker and easier with each additional link, search, user profile, and review the value of and need for traditional marketing and many intermediaries are diminished.

When I was recently offered a traditional book deal I was expected to sign over rights to the publisher and still do most of the marketing for it by myself. In fact, they came right out and said they would have liked me to kill or rename my original ebook. The publisher was one of the 5 that are suing Google. Since I have turned them down I believe I have already made far more money selling direct.

It seems many intermediaries are killing off their own products and distribution channels because they are afraid of the risks associated with search and easy access to data.


People Buy CDs?

How 1980s of you all.

For a heck of a lot less I can buy the one or two tracks on Yahoo Music that I actually like, download it into my Zen Micro and play it on my stereo, car radio, or any other place that has an audio input jack.

FYI, if you want free music try the local library, they'll let you check out over 10 CDs at a time and you can make your own MP3s. Not that I condone this type of behavior, but if you haven't figured it out already the RIAA probably doesn't have the goose-stepping authority to see what everyone is checking out at the local library and based on their history they would sue the library as the distributor, not the end users ;)

Government subsidized Napster, ya gotta love it.

CD's still the way to go for

CD's still the way to go for me. Don't know much about Yahoo music but ITunes limits how many copies you can make of something and move it around - Consumer Watch: How to Beat the Music Download Blues

So you're stuck with the policies of the ITunes Music Store (outlined here). Many other online vendors sell tracks recorded at higher bit rates than those offered at ITunes--and higher bit rates generally translate into better sound quality. Downloaded tracks from any music store come with restrictions governing how many times you can copy them, how many machines you can play them on, and other factors. And those rules can change radically. How would you react if, after you'd bought an IPod and hundreds of dollars' worth of ITunes music, Apple changed its license restrictions in a way you didn't like? Would you be willing to start over again with a different format?

If I bought the CD I should be able to put it on my music file server, my IPod, a CD in both of my cars, and have a copy in my vacation home when I can afford one.

Not with Coldplay

The DRM on that Coldplay CD is draconian. Worse the article seems to indicate that they don't tell you you are screwed with DRM intil you open the wrapper and then no refunds.

"This CD can't be burnt onto a CD or hard disc, nor can it be converted to an MP3" and "This CD may not play in DVD players, car stereos, portable players, game players, all PCs and Macintosh PCs."

I guess it's slightly better than getting a virus courtesy of Sony, but only just.

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