The Future of Copy-Protect Music

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Digital technology allows computer users to make and distribute exact copies of the music they get on CDs. While music producers have attacked the practice as "piracy," consumers insist it's "fair use." In an attempt to stop it, the industry has developed a hidden electronic lock that prevents CD owners from producing an exact digital copy and burning it onto another CD or uploading it onto the Internet. Has a new generation of listeners been spoiled by technology? Should the industry establish subscription services and other new models for compensating artists? We talk with industry insiders, civil libertarians and cultural critics about the recording industry's assault on the digital reproduction of music.
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Los Angeles Times

Universal Music Group

Fahrenheit Entertainment

Electronic Frontier Foundation

National Music Publishers Association

DVD Forum

Paul Boutin

The Washington Post



Warren Olney