Have you ever purchased a music CD (or any other CD or a DVD) in hopes of making some extra copies for your friends or family members? Well, despite how “wrong” some people think that might be, it happens all the time. Some people look at it as they bought the CD with their money and they should be able to do whatever they want with the CD.
Well, some music labels and other companies don’t agree and they have been placing what is called a copy protection on some of the CDs they sell. This technique is also known as copy prevention or copy restriction and it is just basically a measure they take to prevent any duplication of the material they sell. This type of things sometimes happens on other types of CDs (software) and DVDs as well.
There have been some major debates over this issue in the past and there will probably be more in the future. Customers are mad because they can’t make a backup copy, they can’t install the CD onto their computer and they can’t upload any of the music onto their digital audio player, such as an iPod or MP3 player. The customer’s argument is that it’s violating their property rights. On the other hand, most companies place a copy protection on their CDs because they believe it will increase their revenue by forcing people to buy another copy of the CD if they want a second dose.
Not all discs have the copy protection embedded on them, but it is becoming more and more widely used these days. So, if you ever have trouble making a second copy, check the CD for details, because it will probably tell you that it’s copy restricted. If that’s the case, you’re unfortunately out of luck, but at least you can enjoy the one copy you do have.