Coldplay’s New CD DRM Rules

Coldplay’s new CD comes with an insert that discloses all the rules enforced by the DRM they included on the disc. The rules are only visible after you’ve paid for the CD and brought it home, and as the disc’s rules say, “Except for manufacturing problems, we do not accept product exchange, return or refund,” so if you don’t like the rules, that’s tough.

Some of the other rules go as follows: “This CD can’t be burnt onto a CD or hard disc, nor can it be converted to an MP3” and “This CD may not play in DVD players, car stereos, portable players, game players, all PCs and Macintosh PCs.” Best of all, the insert explains that this is all “in order for you to enjoy a high quality music experience.”

Now, I understand why record companies want to implement DRM technologies in their CDs, but to do it at the expense of the paying consumer and the experience he has with the CD is complete nonsense and so disrespectful.
I for one listen to most of my music in my car, so imagine how pissed off I’d be if I bought an original CD and it didn’t work in my car!
In fact, my original copy of Natalie Imbruglia’s album “White Lillies Island” doesn’t work in my car CD player, because of another stupid DRM technology, and everytime I feel like listening to it and I can’t, I get pissed off like hell.
Is that the kind of quality experience they want us to be going through?
Do what you have to do to protect your rights, but don’t step on our rights as consumers while doing so!

I wonder how Coldplay feel about all this?

[Via: Boing Boing]

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