Preventing Piracy With Krazy Glue.
September 16, 2002 8:13 PM   Subscribe

Preventing Piracy With Krazy Glue. (NY Times) Man...what will they think of next?
posted by stew560 (23 comments total)
Nabbed form of all places
posted by stew560 at 8:15 PM on September 16, 2002

Oh, now this is really just sad.
posted by Su at 8:18 PM on September 16, 2002

if the cd comes with the glueman, then just force open the glueman in a way that doesn't destroy the cd.

and throw the glueman to the garbage bin where it belongs.
posted by titboy at 8:21 PM on September 16, 2002

You know what's sad? That writer bragging about how he unscrewed the back of a discman just to take a CD and copy it.

I'm all for haivng the right to copy your own CDs and the trading blah blah blah arguement rant blah stuff like that, but I can't even pretend that actually making that level of an effort to commit piracy is just too much.

Frankly, giving the writers cassette tapes isn't such a bad idea. I say release crappy sound onto the networks. Then people who really care aout teh songs can pay for the high-quality sound on CDs if they want. I know the pro-Kazaa people would hat it, but at least it makes some kind of sense. Certainly more than having to superglue shit down.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 8:26 PM on September 16, 2002

If I received a glueman wrapped around a CD, I think I'd be more likely to want to share the music contained within.
posted by Fofer at 8:32 PM on September 16, 2002

He didn't say he took off the back and copied it. He said he took off the back so he could play it on his stereo, where he prefers to listen to his music.
posted by stoneegg21 at 8:32 PM on September 16, 2002

This is a common semi-urban legend... thing, that's been going around for many, many years. (long before the RIAA's current obsession with filesharing). The original intent was to insure that the reviewer would actually listen to the recording.

Don't belive me? Radiohead was said to have done it in 1997.

These stories blow around the music landscape constantly... a new "reason" for this (seemingly frivolous) activity of walkman-gluing seems rather ad hoc (based on the ease of circumvention).
posted by cadastral at 8:50 PM on September 16, 2002

And there's no such thing as bad advertising, is there? In this story I see a plug for Tori Amos and Pearl Jam, both of whom I didn't know had forthcoming CD's, Sony music and Sony Discman's. I think it's a win/win for everybody. And so what if the preview gets out a few days before? You know that within an hour of it being released it will be traded. It's all a game.

XQUZYPHYR, reread the article. His point was that he wanted to listen to the album the way he wanted to, in his own stereo, and presumably with better sound.
posted by ashbury at 9:05 PM on September 16, 2002

This is just dumb. Not even looking at the whole mp3 issue.... Being an audiophile, like I would guess most music critics are, I would never judge music on headphones! The difference between a Sony Walkman, and a set of high-end speakers, receiver and cd player is night and day. If I were the band mentioned, I would be pissed.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 9:24 PM on September 16, 2002

Actually, if you have a pair of really good headphones hooked up to a good stereo, you'll probably get a better, more immersive experience. I know some musicians who insist on listening to a cd on their headphones first for that very reason. The left-right separation is about as good as you're going to get, too.
posted by The God Complex at 9:36 PM on September 16, 2002

er...Pearl Jam is still making records?
posted by contessa at 9:53 PM on September 16, 2002

contessa: Yes. Many, many, many records.
posted by eyeballkid at 10:00 PM on September 16, 2002

The funny thing here is the effort to criminalize critics with this tactic. If you're a longstanding critic with a major publication, chances are that you're not going to go spend pivotal time trying to bypass whatever copy protection is in place and burn copies of the CDs for all of your friends. There's really no time for that. That's the kind of attitude I'd expect out of a bored high schooler, not a flustered magazine writer trying to make a deadline.

If anything, the efforts Blasengame made to play "Riot Act" in a proper stereo detract from the concentration he should have offered to the album. So perhaps, fiscally speaking, this is a win-win situation. Flummox reviewers with ridiculous listening conditions, whittle away efforts by the reviewers to make an informed judgement upon a recording, sell more records to a public that's already busy discriminating the hell out of crappy music thanks to the peer-to-peer apps in place.
posted by ed at 10:16 PM on September 16, 2002

Don't blame me.
posted by gluechunk at 10:46 PM on September 16, 2002

I agree, high quality headphones give the best representation of a song. Just that my ears get all sweaty after a while!
posted by SpaceCadet at 11:21 PM on September 16, 2002

Also a big topic of discussion over at 244 comments and counting.
Link to new scientist article.
posted by Grod at 11:38 PM on September 16, 2002

Cut the headphone wires and attach a line-in plug and presto--copyable.
posted by dydecker at 11:56 PM on September 16, 2002

Now, if they could only send me one of these babies glued shut (with a CD inside), then I'd just pry it open, throw away the CD, and enjoy...
posted by epimorph at 12:18 AM on September 17, 2002

epomorph: Bose?!?!?!
posted by milnak at 12:25 AM on September 17, 2002

Hey, that's the only nice stereo I know of that looks like a diskman.
posted by epimorph at 1:10 AM on September 17, 2002

Actually, it's quite amusing when you think about it. After all, Sony did develop a million-dollar anti-piracy system that wound up getting defeated with a Magic Marker. Something tells me they've sent their experts out to Office Depot and told them to "think Luddite".
posted by at 7:37 AM on September 17, 2002

Would this mean I'd get more money from the used cd shops for selling crappy promo cds?
posted by bucko at 11:09 AM on September 17, 2002

Sony did develop a million-dollar anti-piracy system that wound up getting defeated with a Magic Marker.

Nope, they just licensed it. Also, that would be Sony Music, not Sony anything else, who probably could have told the just how dumb they were/are being.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 11:48 AM on September 17, 2002

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