Update on ColdPlay DRM

 Posted by on 7 January 2006 at 11:22 pm  Uncategorized
Jan 072006

Boing Boing has an update on the ColdPlay DRM discussed earlier:

Earlier this week, I blogged about Coldplay’s DRM on their latest CD, X&Y, which contains a supercilious disclaimer that sternly instructs you that “in order for you to enjoy a high quality music experience” the CD is crippled with DRM that can prevent the disc from being ripped to MP3, played in game consoles, DVD players, car stereos, personal players, and half a zillion other devices.

What we didn’t know is whether the CDs in your corner store were infected with this DRM, and since the insert in the CD told you that you could only return the CD for material defects, and not if you disagreed with these restrictions, that was bad news.

Now we know a little bit more about who’s likely to get an infected CD. A knowledgeable source has identified this as a Macrovision DRM and disclaimer, and noted that the label only bought licenses to sell this CD with that DRM in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

However, the original report originates in India, which suggests that the CDs are either being exported out of the region, or that the label is issuing the discs without a license for their DRM.

Bottom line: wherever you are in the world, there’s a chance that your Coldplay CD came with this DRM, and there’s no way to find out without buying the disc and taking it home, and once you do, it’s too late to take it back to the store.


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