[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
[dvd-discuss] NY Times article on CD Copy Protection
- To: dvd-discuss(at)cyber.law.harvard.edu
- Subject: [dvd-discuss] NY Times article on CD Copy Protection
- From: "Arnold G. Reinhold" <reinhold(at)world.std.com>
- Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 15:45:03 -0500
- Reply-to: dvd-discuss(at)cyber.law.harvard.edu
- Sender: owner-dvd-discuss(at)cyber.law.harvard.edu
Today's New York Times has an interesting article "CD Technology
Stops Copies, but It Starts a Controversy"
One question I have is whether the purveyors of this new technology
are violating consumer protection and fair trade laws.
Here's my favorite quote:
'But Macrovision , one company supplying the industry with the new
technology, said several CD's bearing its copy-protection system had
been released by major labels in the United States and were being
sold in record stores across the country. "It doesn't have a big
label on it saying `copy protected,' " said Brian McPhail, vice
president and general manager of Macrovision's consumer software
division. "But some of these have been pretty high distributions."'
'"More Music from the Fast and the Furious," released by Universal in
December, will sometimes not play correctly on Macintosh computers,
and people who listen to the CD on a computer hear poorer sound than
they would on a CD player. A small warning on the label says it is
copy-protected. It says: "Playback problems may be experienced. If
you experience playback problems, return this disc for a refund."
That is misleading. There are more than playback problems involved.
Courts have ruled that "space shifting" tracks to a portable player
is legal. A consumer expecting to do this would be mislead by the
The failure to clearly label disks that are copy protected means that
consumers have to go through the added expense of returning disks
they can't use, stores lose customer goodwill, and competing record
companies lose the opportunity to sell the consumer a title that is
not copy protected.