Musicians tell Fans How to Beat Copy Protection
In any security system, it’s important to understand who the attacker is and who the defender is. In digital-media copy protection (usually called Digital Rights Management), it can get complicated.
The music industry has been selling the technology to everyone—Congress, the public—by claiming that they’re defending the rights of musicians. But more and more musicians are realizing that their interests are better served by freely copyable music.
Now, in the most bizarre turn yet in the record industry’s piracy struggles, stars Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters and Switchfoot—and even Sony BMG, when the label gets complaints—are telling fans how they can beat the system.
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