BMG is working on a new way to fight against pirated CD’s and sites that are illegally doing so like the dreadful Napster.
It was stated that, BMG, one of the world’s five major labels, said on Monday it would start issuing promotional CDs — free discs distributed to critics, retailers and other insiders weeks before the official release (guess we’re on the list too) — with technological countermeasures to prevent copying.
Major labels, which include Vivendi Universal, Sony Music, EMI Group, AOL Time Warner’s Warner Music and Bertelsmann AG BMG, hope that copy protection measures will prevent users from “ripping,” or copying the music into the easily traded MP3 format (hmmmm).
Most of the protected discs will contain two versions of the album, one for use in CD players and another encoded in Microsoft Corp’s encrypted WMA format, for playback on PCs and compatible portable music players.
No one knows which companies they are working with to provide the promotional CD’s technological countermeasures.
Well, it’s obvisious that it’s someone who’s smart enough to invent it!