Gathan Beaga


It’s happened again. Another great local band, whose CD I was really looking forward to buying, have gone the copy-protection way.

So they don’t get a sale from me.

I’m not a file-sharer. I believe that people should be rewarded for their creative efforts. But I also believe that I should be able to listen to the music I have paid for in what ever manner and format that I choose. And for some time now, that’s been via a portable MP3 player.

While I could buy it, and chances are it might rip happily in my iBook, I’ve decided not to buy any music with copy-protection on it. Over time the hacks and workarounds for defeating copy-protection will get harder and more obscure, by which time it’ll be too late to do anything about it. And the easiest way to do something about it right now it to boycott copy-controlled discs, regardless of whether or not you think you can still rip them.

I’m just sorry that I’m finding myself boycotting a Wellington release.