Saturday, October 02, 2004

News: Sony Japan dumps lock-down CDs

The Register

By Tony Smith

Published Friday 1st October 2004 11:45 GMT
One music label, at least, is turning its back on CD copy-protection. Japan's Sony Music Entertainment yesterday revealed it intends to junk its own copy-control system, Label Gate*.
The technology was introduced in January 2003, but this month will see the last discs issued with the anti-rip system incorporated into their structure. Initially blocking all PC usage, the technology was later updated to allow the playback of compressed audio files on a computer.