This amused me
- From a recent edition of New Scientist
WATCHING the music and film industries get into a muddle over
new technology can be a lot more fun than the entertainment they
Sony recently released a CD of "music from and inspired by" sister
company Columbia's Spider-Man movie. The CD carries the now
familiar warning that it "will not play on PC/Mac" because it is
copy-protected using Sony's Key2audio system.
But as a promotion for the film, the CD also promises that "with
your copy of the Spider-Man CD and a connection to the Internet
you will have access to exclusive behind-the-scenes video footage,
music videos and more". The instructions are: "1. Place the
Spider-Man CD in your computer's CD-ROM drive. 2. Log on to
www.columbiarecords.com/spider-man 3. Click on Get Connected."
Intrigued by the idea of a CD that is intended to work on a computer
while simultaneously being designed not to work on a computer, we
ran some tests. We found that the CD's music not only played
perfectly well on a Windows PC, it also copied perfectly to a blank
CD and happily ripped to a computer hard disc.
We then tried to follow Sony's instructions for getting connected.
After a while, up came the hopeful invitation to "Insert" the CD and
press "Start". But all this brought was the error message "we were
unable to find Spider-Man".
So Spider-Man's copy-protection does not stop people copying but
it does prevent them from accessing Sony's promotion for the