Limiting Copying of CDs

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

June 21, 2005

The music industry has fought illegal sharing of music for years and getting those songs may be even harder.

"Sometimes I work on things and I want to hear a soundbite right now, and I'm not going to... Sorry, okay I download things illegally," said Chris Doermann.

But Doermann isn't alone. It's been a trend among young people for years, but as a musician and owner of a local studio he says he only downloads illegally when iTunes doesn't have the selection he wants.

"I guess I should say the artists I like and respect the most, I will still buy their CDs," said Doermann said.

But these CDs are changing. New technology is capping the amount of times you can copy songs from a CD--even if you buy the disk itself.

"it sounds pretty stupid. I don't think it's really going to help anything," said music buyer Matt Pysher.

"I don't think it will affect me that much, you only copy it so many times," said UVa student Abbie Klinghoffer.

For local musicians like those that come to the Virginia Recording Arts Studio there's an upside--gained exposure, but also a loss--intellectual property.

"For a local artist--to have someone take their CD-R and spread it around they say,'Well great, any exposure is fine'," said Doermann.

"There are other bands that are counting on royalties and radio play and the royalties from that radio play and the royalties from the sale of CDs," said Paul Brier, owner of Virginia Arts Recording Studio.

The technology is so new that Sony BMG's version is not compatible with the ever-popular iPod

"I probably wouldn't buy an iPod if they are making all these rules against people putting music on it anyway. I just bought my little walkman where it just has a radio and that's fine for me," said Klinghoffer.

Compatible technology is rumored to be on the way, but for now it is limited to three additional CD copies and to store on the computer.

Millions of these CDs have already been sold in the United States.

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