DRM on music CDs deemed unworkable

By Derek Sooman on
Research firm Gartner has concluded that any DRM scheme for music CDs is doomed to failure. The company said they doubt music publishers will ever find a workable solution. Sony's ill-fated DRM technology only highlights this, despite RIAA sanction. The public-relations fiasco Sony is now facing is proof enough of this.

'The user simply applies a fingernail-sized piece of opaque tape to the outer edge of the disc,' report the analysts. 'The PC then treats the CD as an ordinary single-session music CD, and the commonly used CD "rip" programs continue to work as usual.'

'Sony BMG's DRM technology will prevent neither informed casual copiers nor high-volume "pirates" from doing whatever they like with the content the disc.'

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