Thursday, April 04, 2002

Celine Dion could crash your computer

It seems that the music industry is determined to go beyond Gonzo and use Bozo marketing.

Sony have released the latest Celine Dion album using a 'protection' technique that crashes PCs and Macs when the disc is inserted.

Denise, are they liable under this law for $10,000 and 16 months for each computer they crash, or just once?

(4) Knowingly accesses and without permission adds, alters, damages, deletes, or destroys any data, computer software, or computer programs which reside or exist internal or external to a computer, computer system, or computer network.
(5) Knowingly and without permission disrupts or causes the disruption of computer services or denies or causes the denial of computer services to an authorized user of a computer, computer system, or computer network.

As ever, this will do nothing to prevent the CD being ripped and distributed, but lots of people will be upset by this when they put he CD into their computer.

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