September 17, 2002
Most desperate anti-piracy move so far?

New Scientist reports:

A US record company has issued reviewers with portable CD players that are glued shut to prevent two new albums from being pirated online before their official releases.

Epic Records Group has taken the drastic step of sealing CD players shut and gluing headphones onto them to stop digital copies being made from promotional albums. The albums involved are Riot Act by Pearl Jam and Scarlet's Walk by Tori Amos.

A spokeswoman for Epic told New Scientist: "Obviously we have a problem with piracy and this is one of the ways we're trying to address it. We're trying lots of things."

I can only concur with Jim Peters, of the UK lobby group Campaign for Digital Rights (CDR), who says this latest measure reflects the difficulty of trying to control listeners' use of digital music:
"It's a sign of desperation, [...] I think its time for them to start rethinking their business model because it's getting ridiculous."

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[posted in the wrong place earlier -- thanks Anders]

Posted by: lowmagnet on September 17, 2002 01:13 AM

What?! You mean they haven't encased the apparatus in a helm-like block of resin? I could still pirate the music with alligator clips and a careful screw driver. I'm really surprised they haven't "invited" reviewers to listen to the tunes in a "special listening room" in which no recording equipment is allowed, and into which hypnotic gas is injected.

Posted by: l.m.orchard on September 17, 2002 05:58 AM
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