Beastie Boys Album Installs Copy Protection

Beastie Boys Album Installs Copy Protection: Wow. Now that sucks. I still don’t understand how the ability to copy-protect a CD like this is legal if it can potentially damage a person’s stereo equipment or computer. Oh, I know why; so the record companies can milk more money off of consumers who may end up buying multiple copies of the same album either because the first one doesn’t play in their stereors or computers or because they can’t make a perfectly legitimate backup of the album they hold so dearly. Lame.

The following quote, found from the Security Focus website, further increases my skepticism about this practice.

Yep, all of the various copy-protection schemes suck big time. They all involved ‘damaging’ the data that is on the CD, and placing false error-correction bits throughout the recording. Which results in imperfect playback, but the major record companies that use these systems insist that these digital errors are inaudible. Maybe to the average listener they are, but it’s still disconcerting to know that you can’t ever get a 100% correct signal.

By the way, you’ll notice that you won’t see the ‘Compact Disc Digital Audio’ logo which is on every CD pre-copy protection. This is because the disc violates the CDDA standards (because of the lack of proper error correction)and Philips refuses to allow these discs to carry the logo. Therefore, the disc isn’t technically a ‘CD’, according to the official standards.

Makes me very happy that I don’t like the Beastie Boys much, just because then I’d feel obligated to buy their album. I like their earlier music, but I haven’t liked any of the later stuff enough to buy their albums. And I’ve heard that this only applies to albums outside of the US and UK, but I read more on the article I linked that said that they weren’t. I’m confused about this, as I’ve heard conflicting information.