Foo Fighters, Switchfoot Speak Out on Copy Protection

Published: 2005-10-05
If you're frustrated that you can't get the songs from your brand new CD onto your iPod then you're not alone, the artist who made that CD might not be too happy about it either.

In a strange twist some musicians aren't pleased about the copy protection on their new CDs. In fact bands like the Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters and Switchfoot have actually posted ways you can get around the copy protection on their websites.

Copy protection is on newer CDs released by Sony BMG and EMI. This method only lets you copy your music in certain file formats, meaning you can't copy the file as an MP3 and it only allows you to copy the music a certain number of times. It also makes it so that you cannot copy these files onto your iPod because Apple hasn't subscribed to become one of the players that is accepted by the copy protection service.

Bands that have worked hard to put out CDs aren't happy that their fans can't enjoy them as they please. Switchfoot went so far as to post a link on their website that guided fans to disable the copy protection altogether. Of course some artists like Jermaine Dupri who are cheering the copy protection aren't to pleased about this because what will work on Switchfoot's CD will also work on his.

If asked, Sony BMG will direct you to ways to get around their own copy protection if you're unable to get your music on your iPod because legally, this is not what they had intended to block. The technology was meant to make it harder to pirate CDs but as it turns out frustrated fans are realizing that with any new technology there are still lots of kinks to work out.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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