One music fan’s anger over digital rights management on the British band’s CD sparks a tempest in the blogosphere.
A music fan’s online posting of the usage restrictions enclosed with a Coldplay CD he bought in India has sparked criticism of the band in the tech blogosphere, signaling a growing need for better information about copyright limitations. The pamphlet appears to be specific to record label EMI’s releases in India. It says the CD cannot be burned onto hard disk or another CD, converted to MP3 files, or used on an Apple computer.
A long list of usage guidelines ends with the statement “Except for manufacturing problems, we do not accept product exchange, return, or refund.” Such information is not included with copy-protected CDs sold in the United States.
"Bad, bad Coldplay,” wrote 22-year-old Arif Rahimi, a medical student in Hyderabad who bought the album at a local record store.
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