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We believe that when you buy an album, you should get a real Compact Disc® that you can listen to anywhere, anytime. Here are the problems with copy-protected CDs:
  • Not real Compact Disc® - Record companies are not making the disc according to Red Book standards which define the specs for a Compact Disc®. This means the discs are not compatible with all CD players. see "Philips moves to put 'poison' label on protected audio CDs"
  • Easily damaged - Record companies put noise in the CD so error-correction may not work properly. If a damaged section of the CD cannot be read, the information is normally found elsewhere on the CD so it continues to play. Copy-protected CDs may skip when it contains fingerprints, dirt and minor scratches.
  • Reduced sound quality - This may not be a problem on an expensive CD player. However, to dodge around the noise requires the reading laser extra movement to find the music. This can cause "flutter" on a cheaper machine when it has trouble chasing the music.
  • Loss of fair use - The record companies do not believe you have the right to personal use of their music even though the Supreme Court upheld that right when ruling on the use of video cassettes. By making their music uncopyable, you cannot compile CDs containing your favorite songs, play it on an mp3 player, or make a play copy so as to protect the original or protect the original from theft when left in your car. see "Uncopyable CDs may be unplayable"

  • While we believe it is illegal to distribute copyrighted works, we also believe you should have control over which of your machines you choose to play it on. We don't care if you play it on your stereo system, your computer, in your car, or carried with you on an mp3 player. You bought the right to listen to the music. Whether it was transported to you on a CD or cassette or whatever was incidental.

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