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September 19, 2005

Copy Protected CDs Make no Sense.

I don't believe is in illegal downloading, but I do believe in MP3 players, particularly the iPod, which I love.

So, why in the world do certain labels now have a policy that makes it very difficult to rip their new realeases to these players? They say they are protecting themselves from piracy, but that's just not making sense to me - it only takes one person to get past the restrictions (which can be done) and put the files on a network and - viola! - rampant piracy again.

Really all they are doing is being annoying. Very annoying. I understand that piracy is a problem. But htis isn't a solution. It would be like trying to stop shoplifting by adding 50 pound weights to every product you buy in the store. Mostly that just punishes the poor innocent dude, and the real shoplifters will know how to remove the weights. (Not the best analogy, but I'm tired right now).

Switchfoot's new album - to their own dismay - is protected, and they've posted a personal statement about how upset that makes them. Good for them, they even let their fans know how to get around the restriction.

I'm sure Sony can't be too happy with them, but it's the right thing for Switchfoot to do. With so little "label awareness," fans are going to think that "Switchfoot did this."

Posted by jason on September 19, 2005 09:16 AM


that was very cool of switchfoot. not every band would do that, you can be sure of that. i wonder what would be a better solution? personally i feel that nobody really has excuse for downloading illegally dude to the ease and awesomeness of Itunes and anyone who does should be punched in th genitals.

Posted by: joshua Latshaw on September 19, 2005 10:43 AM

or kicked in the genitals...hard

Posted by: joshua Latshaw on September 19, 2005 02:26 PM

I have compiled a list of people that have illegally downladed and am now beginning to carry out the prescribed punishment.

Posted by: Ian on September 19, 2005 03:57 PM

lolz sorry im a bit overly obbessed but they rock!
I pre ordered their CD anyways and i've had no probs yet.

whoever downloads switchfoot's songs illegally i will dropkick their arse!

ok enough said :)

Posted by: Poncho on September 19, 2005 05:10 PM

I Recently boughtn an iPod. I was unaware of the restrictions. Now whichever comments were made about getting around them have been removed from Sony's site. Could I Please get some Help. I do own a legitimate Nothing is Sound {The XCP version} Thanks.

Posted by: Jack Hitz on January 5, 2008 11:34 PM

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