RIAA Seeks to Restrict Legal Copies
"Record labels say CD sales have plummeted as a result of copies–and copies of copies. Now the labels are testing technology that would limit the number of times a CD, or its copy, could be burned.
"Tools under review by the major labels would limit the number of backups that could be made from ordinary compact discs and prevent copied, or ‘burned,’ versions from being used to create further copies, according to Macrovision and SunnComm International, rival companies that are developing competing versions of the digital rights management software."
"Such anticopying efforts have met with consumer resistance in the past, but if the labels have their way, it may be that not only CDs, but also iTunes-style digital downloads, will be restricted."
(Editor’s Note: Jenny Levine, editor of The Shifted Librarian, points out that the industry seems willing to allow corporate partners to give away downloads, but will not allow the same opportunity for libraries.)
John Borland. Labels to Dampen CD Burning?. News.com. June 2, 2004.