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Dr. M strikes again

by minimalist / September 27, 2008 7:12 AM PDT

This time Wal-Mart's turning off the activation servers:

I am just dying for a class action lawsuit to hit the record companies (and hit them hard) for insisting their songs be shackled with what are effectively digital time bombs. Technically I know this is Wal-Mart's problem and they shold be made an example of as well (they did after all choose to share this bed with the devil.) But am pretty sure the record companies could be held liable for this mess.

If the courts could make an example of them I'd be willing to bet that the record industry would think twice about this little game of DRM manipulation they are playing with Apple. If they knew they could be held partially responsible for these kinds of technology failures, I suspect they would be more than a little scared to keep insisting that the largest record store in the US continue selling their music with DRM.

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Dr. M strikes again
by wizkids32 / September 27, 2008 7:26 AM PDT
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I know that but I think I burned all the songs that I brought way back when because they didn't go straight to my iPod so I am OK.

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That's fine (and smart) But you shouldn't have to do this.
by minimalist / September 27, 2008 8:09 AM PDT
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Not only does it further degrade sound quality when you re-rip them as mp3's but its not a valid response from Wal-Mart to say "just rip them to a disc and reimport them"

Its a half-@ssed solution and I don' see how instructing their customers on how to get around the limits of copyright protection makes Wal-Mart any less liable than if they just unlocked all the songs to begin with.

I know, I know... there are legal contracts and license agreements between Wal-Mart and the record companies that prohibit them from unlocking the files, yada, yada, yada. This still doesn't change the fact that TOGETHER both Wal-Mart and the record companies created a flawed system that eventually screws the consumer that legally paid for those files.

If CD's you bought from Best Buy stopped playing the day Best Buy went out of business you can bet your @ss that there would be some legal smack down.

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