Feels like Crap.

The absurdities and chilling effects of today’s intellectual property environment: Let’s assume you buy a CD (say, “feels like home” by Norah Jones) online, but it turns out to be a non-CD that you can’t listen to (you missed the fine print). Let’…

The absurdities and chilling effects of today’s intellectual property environment: Let’s assume you buy a CD (say, “feels like home” by Norah Jones) online, but it turns out to be a non-CD that you can’t listen to (you missed the fine print). Let’s assume you rip it on some old PC, and then copy the MP3s to your laptop — so you can actually listen to the music you paid for. Because the technology put in place by the control freaks at IFPI is much more effective at keeping people from playing the music (in particular on modern devices) than it is at keeping them from copying it.Just assume all this. Could you do and blog it, without risking legal trouble? Could you discuss the software you used for ripping the CD?To stay out of this kind of questions, stay away from copy-controlled CDs. Also, spend at least as much money on funding the excellent people at EFF as you spend on funding an incredibly arrogant cartel that happily takes your money, but delivers crap.