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gemsling
Thanks to those who answered last week's question. I agree that a playwright should have some control over his play, even though I don't believe hiding behind copyright law is the right way to enforce moral rights.

Today's question: When you buy a SonyBMG CD and put it in your computer, is it okay for them to install spyware that can't easily be removed and might make your computer more vulnerable to virus or worm attack?

Keep in mind that you have agreed to have some sort of software installed (maybe not spyware), by accepting the EULA, which says:
...this CD will automatically install a small proprietary software program (the “SOFTWARE”) onto YOUR COMPUTER. The SOFTWARE is intended to protect the audio files embodied on the CD, and it may also facilitate your use of the DIGITAL CONTENT. Once installed, the SOFTWARE will reside on YOUR COMPUTER until removed or deleted.
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I think the only way around that, because yeah that really sucks, could be to play it on a regular stereo cd player, output the audio to WAV, then make one's own cd.

Fuck Sony.

Oh, it's easy to get around it. Just:

- disable auto-run, or
- hold down Shift while inserting a CD, or
- don't use Windows.

Yes, that's right: they're relying on auto-run to prevent flexible use of their music (eg. ripping to mp3) by running a program that will let you hear compressed audio, but not the actual tracks. Smart.

But finding a way to circumvent is not the problem. The problem is the coming laws that make it illegal to circumvent. But then, Australia is already screwed: it's not legal to rip CDs for use on an iPod...

Bawdy songs

(Anonymous)
I wouldn't mind a copy of those songs. I had a tape in the seventies but I lost it. I've been looking everywhere for a copy. If you can it would be apprieciated here's my address. grievem@bigpond.com.au

Bawdy songs

(Anonymous)
I wouldn't mind a copy of those songs. I had a tape in the seventies but I lost it. I've been looking everywhere for a copy. If you can it would be appreciated here's my address. grievem@bigpond.com.au

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