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Beastie Boys' New Album Silently Installs DRM Code

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the but-the-beastie-boys-are-so-countercultural dept.

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nfsilkey writes "After more than five years, the Beastie Boys have released a new album. It seems that the retail disc is bundled with a copy protection autoinstaller which silently silently puts itself onto the listener's computer. Many listeners are up in arms and some are venting their frustrations on the band's website."

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Heh (5, Funny)

teknokracy (660401) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475371)

Not my version of the album....

Re:Heh (1)

jasonr2020 (789646) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475449)

So you think.

Re:Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475534)

I think you missed the joke.

DRM is worth it (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475373)

If the Beastie Boys like DRM, I like it too!

Re:DRM is worth it (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475430)

They even have it in their new lyrics:
Check-ch-check-check-check-ch-check it out
What-wha-what-what-what DRM is all about
Work-wa-work-work-work-wa-work it out
Let's turn this motherfuckin' operating system out

subtle, but effective.

silently silently (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475378)

That must really be silent!

Illegal? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475380)

I was under the impression that installing software on the user's computer without asking is illegal?

Re:Illegal? (5, Informative)

teknokracy (660401) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475408)

When one goes in-depth into the "end user license agreement" that we all say "I agree" to, it becomes apparent that you actually do warrant them to install such an application. I'd imagine it would be part of the liner notes, interactive software related agreement, or perhaps even just a simple "look on this site to see the license agreement" blurb.

Re:Illegal? (5, Informative)

DarkMantle (784415) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475494)

Two words...

Spy-Ware

That said, if it's a stardard EXE I don't see how it would run on linux. [linux.com] :D And since Linux doesn't have an autorun annoyance... I mean feature, we'd have to consciously install it.

Once again, the solution is... Don't use M$ Windows [microsoft.com] . (Sorry Mac people, I have had no recent experience with a Mac to make a comment on it.

Re:Illegal? (1)

Kpt Kill (649374) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475543)

Not that its exactly hard to disable the 'autorun annoyance'

Re:Illegal? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475482)

I was under the impression that installing software on the user's computer without asking is illegal?

Tell that to gator [cjb.net] .... I mean the perfectly above board very helpful Claria Corporation [cjb.net]

Jokes aside on a personal note to claria/gator - FUCK YOU YOU WANKERS HOPE YOU LIKE MY VOICEMAIL MESSAGES. Greetings from the UK you fat girlfriend friendless ugly fuckings tossers! Whoops sorry strong words they are nice people really even if they need viagra just to make their girlfriends/boyfriends even think they have something compare to the flat dicks they actually have. DEATH TO ALL SPYWARE FUCKIN SPAMMERS!! Gator/claria eat shit & die m0thr fukin wankers!

Re:Illegal? (4, Informative)

xigxag (167441) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475484)

Illegal in the US, you mean?

One of the comments in the cited links says that the copy protection is only for discs sold outside the US and UK.

Yet another CD not to buy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475381)

Jeez... just one more reason not to buy CDs.

What's the bet the tracks will be online DRM-Free before I even post this message?

My name's Mike D. and I want respect... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475384)

Your freedom and your privacy are what I expect!

Beasties (4, Interesting)

qewl (671495) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475385)

That's not cool. Makes me kinda wonder why they put out this album anyway ($$$?).. I love their old stuff but I'm not sure their old passion was really in this work anyway.

Virus (2, Insightful)

Nermal6693 (622898) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475387)

Let's see, this is something that spreads without the user's consent, and is probably difficult to get rid of. Sounds like a virus to me.

Re:Virus (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475516)

Don't be silly. It's only a virus when it's not made by a company.

Control (5, Insightful)

Ms.XingTianCai (785422) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475389)

It's hard to believe that a band that has prided itself on pushing the envelope and being controversial would do something like this. These people obviousle cared enough to buy the CD, why would the record industry need to protect themselves from them? It's just another way for them to control what we can and cannot do, thereby infringing on my rights. When I can't even listen to my music without worrying about what programs may be being installed on my computer, we've let them go too far.

Re:Control (5, Insightful)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475403)

I don't think this would be the artists' call to put copy protection on the CD.

Re:Control (5, Insightful)

mriker (571666) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475468)

Maybe, but the artists have a choice in who distributes their music.

Control-Attention Disorder. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475405)

"It's hard to believe that a band that has prided itself on pushing the envelope and being controversial would do something like this."

Well they certainly are controversial, NOW.

Re:Control (1)

Ctrl-Z (28806) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475407)

This sure seems controversial to me. What's the problem?

They aren't the only ones. (4, Informative)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475515)

The new Velvet Revolver does the same thing. It has a CD driver that is silently installed whether you accept the "EULA" or not. The only way around this (for Windows users) is to turn off auto start. I'm trying to get my SCSI CDRW running on my Linux system to see if it's prodected there.

And even if you do get round the protection, the burner software may check for "Proper Licensing" anyway. I know MusicMatch does.

Re:Control (1, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475524)

It's hard to believe that a band that has prided itself on pushing the envelope and being controversial would do something like this.
Hey, that's pop culture for you. One minute they're making millions singing about shooting cops, the next they're throwing a tizzy fit over unauthorized copies of a CD. Absolute freedom of speech is wonderful when it protects your right to get attention by shocking people, but not so cool when it means somebody performing your songs in some coffee shop (unless they pay you first).

Re:Control (3, Insightful)

YouHaveSnail (202852) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475525)

When I can't even listen to my music without worrying about what programs may be being installed on my computer, we've let them go too far.

When you can't even listen to your music without worrying about what programs may be installed on your computer, you need a different operating system.

Re:Control (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475539)

It's hard to believe that a band that has prided itself on pushing the envelope and being controversial would do something like this.

I could be totally wrong in this case. I really don't know. However, I know in previous cases that copy protection was put on a band's release, happened without their own consent, and in the case of one small label I'm aware of, the label knew, but I was told they didn't have much choice, that it was the next company higher up in the production chain that was making the decision.

So what I mean is that the artist makes music and is hopefully passionate about it, but when it comes to installing copy protection, it is usually some manager with "business sense" that makes those kinds of decisions and not the band/artists themselves. I would give the BB the benefit of the doubt before I accuse them of trying to dick me around. Granted, I won't be buying their disk if I know there's copy protection, even though I know it's so easy to sidestep and knowing it won't work on linux.

Silently installing DRM eh? (4, Interesting)

chrispyman (710460) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475390)

Technically, if your product silently installs software without the users knowledge, wouldn't that put it in the same league as spyware, as defined by some of the more recent bills passing through Congress?

yes, but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475391)

did the band know about it?

I assume they did not. maybe some marketing exec thought it would be a good promotional idea. hide drm and get free publicity

DRM for what? (5, Informative)

Hello Spaceman (739648) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475394)

I bought "To The 5 Boroughs" (cause I'm representin' Manhattan), and ripped all the tracks to my iPod with no problems. Just what does the DRM code do?

I'm on a Mac, is this another case where I'm missing out on the DRM fun because of platform neglect? (There IS a Mac partition on the disc, but all it seems to have on it is a Macromedia presentation with a QuickTime movie.)

Re:DRM for what? (0, Redundant)

teknokracy (660401) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475426)

This is why I love owning a Mac :D No viruses. No silly self-installing apps. A free world of music. And so on and so forth...

Re:DRM for what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475522)

The music might as well be free, seeing as how you spent three times what it costs to buy a PC.

Re:DRM for what? (4, Insightful)

skinfitz (564041) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475535)

This is why I love owning a Mac :D No viruses. No silly self-installing apps.

Yet.

Re:DRM for what? (1)

fresh27 (736896) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475541)

It seems that Capitol Records has some sort of new copy protection system, that automatically, silently, installs "helpful" copy protection software on MacOS and Windows as soon as you insert the CD into default systems. So you'll get it too ;)

Re:DRM for what? (1)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475533)

It's not on the discs in the US and UK allegedly. Also I am unsure if there is a Mac version or not on the discs that are protected.

That is just sorry.. (3, Funny)

dealsites (746817) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475395)

What about fighting for your right to party??? Music makes the party. They are selling out these days.

--
7 Gmail accounts still availiable [dealsites.net]

Nothing wrong with my copy (4, Funny)

kxmas (774156) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475396)

I didn't notice anything wrong with the version that I downloaded off the newsgroups.

Can't touch this (0, Redundant)

mtrisk (770081) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475397)

Yet another reason to switch to Linux. These corporations aren't helping themselves, are they?

Re:Can't touch this (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475433)

Please cut out the lame slashdot groupthink.

Regards Sir,
AC

Obligatory Futurama Quote: (5, Funny)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475399)

Yo Bender wanna make some noise
Get your harddrive scratched by the Beastie Boys!

Ironic (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475409)

That a band with a name like Beastie Boys would do something so beastie to your computer

Fuck them. (1, Insightful)

DwarfGoanna (447841) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475410)

Don't tell me that if this really bothered them, they couldn't start their own damn label and find their own distribution channels. The time when artists of with this level of success and that large of a following still had to play the corporate bullshit game is over. Period. Contract, you say? Break up, add a fucking backup dancer and call yourselves something else. No excuses, put your money where your mouth is.

Re:Fuck them. (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475436)

They did have their own damn label with their own damn distribution channels. It was called Grand Royale.

It failed miserable and went bankrupt owing a lot of money to a lot of people.

As for contracts -- these generally follow individual members of bands as well as the band entity as itself.

Re:Fuck them. (1)

CommanderTaco (85921) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475454)

note that the beastie boys do, in fact, have their own record label [grandroyal.com] .

Re:Fuck them. (1)

FatRatBastard (7583) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475505)

They may still have the website, but the label went tits up a while ago. I guess those Sean Lennon albums didn't sell so well.

Considering their only album that wasn't mediocre wasn't really even a Beastie Boys album (Paul's Boutique is a Dust Brothers album with the Beasties rapping on top of it), frankly, I could care less.

Re:Fuck them. (4, Insightful)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475462)

"Fuck them. "

Funny, I'm sure thats what someone said when they realized how much they lost by people downloading their stuff and then decided to add this DRM crap.

Re:Fuck them. (5, Funny)

JonTurner (178845) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475489)

Agreed. And to show my disgust, I'm going to NOT buy their album. Twice.

We'll see who's laughing then!

fans? they still have those? (-1, Flamebait)

ror omg wtf (789247) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475413)

the new album is so wack even Michael Jackson could rap harder. They jumped the shark after Ill Communication.

Calm yourself... (5, Funny)

chronicon (625367) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475414)

I'm sure the RIAA said it was OK. Get over it. Besides, I sure if you gave the Hon. Senator Orrin Hatch a call he would help clarify the importance of the issue. You'd just have to get past the "Beastie who??" questions first...

I'm pissed, but it rips fine (3, Interesting)

jgerry (14280) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475415)

Grrrr!!!

I just bought this CD, the first CD I've bought in over 2 years. A friend told me I could copy hers, but I said no, I want to pay for it. $10 at Worst Buy.

It did rip fine though, no problems there. DRM-free mp3s work fine.

thats what you get! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475418)

thats what you get for buying an album by a bunch of wiggers who think they can rap.. im not saying white people cant rap.. but i am saying the beastie boys cant rap

Jew wiggers, at that (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475445)

n/t, bitches.

check it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475420)

maby check your head should be
retitled check your hard drive

What the Hell (-1, Offtopic)

devkM (679134) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475423)

I sent in this story like two days ago. Why wasn't mine posted?

Re:What the Hell (1)

majkqball (696199) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475435)

Must have been copy protected...!

Re:What the Hell (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Writer (746272) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475523)

That happens all the time on this site. The submissions page says "grousing about rejected submissions is Offtopic and usually gets moderated that way. It happens [slashdot.org] , don't take it personally". They get up to half a million viewers a day, and that happens often.

DRM'd CD's on the rise... (1)

PasteEater (590893) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475424)

I heard the Velvet Revolver CD does something along the same lines. I bought it today, and there was a sticker on it that said that the CD was protected by copy protection. When I inserted the CD, two separate volumes mounted- one with the audio, and one with some "other" files on it. Nothing launched when the CD was inserted, and iTunes said nothing when I ripped it into my Library and then onto my iPod. Weird.

It was mentioned in one of the linked articles that there is no MacOS uninstaller. That's no surprise to me, but I sure would like to know where any files could have been installed to. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before someone figures out how to get any DRM/crippling software off of our systems.

Re:DRM'd CD's on the rise... (3, Interesting)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475476)

I'm sure it's just a matter of time before someone figures out how to get any DRM/crippling software off of our systems.

I can see moves and countermoves here. Suppose "someone" posts "instructions for removing the DRM software" that turn out to be destructive ... most users would probably follow the instructions without being careful about it, particularly if they're obfuscated. Later, much too late, you find out that "someone" is an employee of the RIAA.

Re:DRM'd CD's on the rise... (1)

(1337) God (653941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475485)

Yes, it was covered on Slashdot:

"Velvet Revolver's new album, 'Contraband', which is protected with SunnComm's anti-copying technology, has topped the U.S. album charts. The SunnComm and BMG execs quoted in the article say that they're pleased with the apparent consumer acceptance of the anti-piracy technology, but they have been hearing questions about how people can get the copy-blocked songs from the CD onto an iPod."

If you have auto-run disabled, the DRM doesn't work though.

This is a surprise? (0, Flamebait)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475425)

When dealing with a morally corrupt industry I guess it shouldn't be a surprise when they do things like this. Repulsive.

Wonder if their little spyware trojan would self-install on my Linux machine?

Hehe.

should be a law (4, Insightful)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475428)

it should be flat out illegal for anybody to install software on someone elses computer w/o the owners written permission - that goes for spyware, virus, marketing research firms, even Microsoft, and this. Just because you're network connected or pop in a CD doesn't give everybody and his brother the right to take over part of your machine in ANY way. It's so bizarre that govt. enforces access rights for govt business and military machines but personal home computers, pfft, it's like an open free for all.

Re:should be a law (1)

slashname3 (739398) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475519)

hmmm, does that mean java applets that get loaded on your system when you go to a web site would be illegal? Or will the web site have to ask you each time it does that?

Sounds like server side scripting will become the default standard. :)

Let's make sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475429)

...the DMCRA passes, I'm sure the record labels will be less likely to use DRM if they have to advertise that the CDs have copy protection on it.

Well, nevermind (1)

xanadu-xtroot.com (450073) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475431)

A few folks already ripped it. I won't to stick this CD in my machine to burn a MP3 CD for my car...

You've got to fight! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475432)

for your right!

to partty!

without your computer being trojaned by the FskIng MUSIC CD!@#

Profit Not the motive (1)

Crashmarik (635988) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475439)

I wonder if the band had to pay for the DRM as part of the studios recoupment fees.

Sabotage (3, Funny)

The Ape With No Name (213531) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475442)

Well, someone had to come up with a "it's part of their plan" post.

Sabotage (Ill Communication)

I Can't Stand It I Know You Planned It
I'm Gonna Set It Straight, This Watergate
I Can't Stand Rocking When I'm In Here
Because Your Crystal Ball Ain't So Crystal Clear
So While You Sit Back and Wonder Why
I Got This Fucking Thorn In My Side
Oh My, It's A Mirage
I'm Tellin' Y'all It's Sabotage

So Listen Up 'Cause You Can't Say Nothin'
You'll Shut Me Down With A Push Of Your Button?
But Yo I'm Out And I'm Gone
I'll Tell You Now I Keep It On And On

'Cause What You See You Might Not Get
And We Can Bet So Don't You Get Souped Yet
You're Scheming On A Thing That's A Mirage
I'm Trying To Tell You Now It's Sabotage

Whyyy; Our Backs Are Now Against The Wall
Listen All Of Y'all It's A Sabotage
Listen All Of Y'all It's A Sabotage
Listen All Of Y'all It's A Sabotage
Listen All Of Y'all It's A Sabotage

I Can't Stand It, I Know You Planned It
But I'm Gonna Set It Straight This Watergate
But I Can't Stand Rockin' When I'm In This Place
Because I Feel Disgrace Because You're All In My Face
But Make No Mistakes And Switch Up My Channel
I'm Buddy Rich When I Fly Off The Handle
What Could It Be, It's A Mirage
You're Scheming On A Thing - That's Sabotage

Re:Sabotage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475511)

thats creepy

Beastie Boys change name to GWNAA (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475443)

You knew it was coming.

Does the band know or care..? (5, Informative)

lovecult (682522) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475444)

To quote from
http://www.boingboing.net/2004/06/11/new_beasties_ disc_ha.html

Update: Ian sez, "Hi, I'm not sure who posted re: Beastie Boys copy protection, but I just spoke with Mike D and their management and they wanted me to pass along that a) This is all territories except the US and UK -- US and UK discs do not have this protection on them; b) All EMI CDs are treated this way, theirs isn't receiving special treatment; c) They would have preferred not to have the copy protection, but weren't allowed to differ from EMI policy."

Re:Does the band know or care..? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475472)

hey would have preferred not to have the copy protection, but weren't allowed to differ from EMI policy."

whay they too wimpy to tell EMI to shove it up their asses sideways and go to a different label?

sorry, they are selling out and rolling over and doing what they are told. the only way to change that is for the mto PUBLICALLY bash EMI for doing it every chance they get.

but they wont... Beasties are not what they used to be.

Re:Does the band know or care..? (0, Redundant)

Collestonpie13 (789170) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475517)

its not that there selling out they probably dont care that much they probably dont really think that its that big of a deal. Rememebr not everyone reads slahdot all day and is constantly up to date with how our digital rights are being constantly striped away..i think ignorance is more if the problem here than selling out.

Re:Does the band know or care..? (1)

Collestonpie13 (789170) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475542)

i dont think its that they are selling out. i just dont think that the beastie boys think that drm is that big of a deal. i doubt that they think that what emi is doing is such a grave violation of our digital rights. remember not everyone is consantly reading slashdot and most are not so aware of how our digital rights are constantly being stripped away. ignorance is the problem not selling out.

Re:Does the band know or care..? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475532)

Everywhere but the US / UK? Nice way to set a precident - act as though people outside US/UK don't count. If it's "okay" to you, it'll probably be "okay" when the next wave of albums all have DRM because it would only be more expensive to only put DRM on some versions of the album.

Anyway, it sounds as though they're too gutless to have taken the correct action:

d) Dump EMI.

I'm sure there are a hundred other record labels that would have loved the chance to release a Beastie Boys album (worldwide, without DRM). Contracts probably prevented it though.. I can't imagine that they'd let an act like the Beastie Boys slip away without putting up some sort of fight.

You gotta fight... (5, Funny)

neonstz (79215) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475451)

You gotta fight for your right to copy!

Shift key to skip install? (2, Interesting)

Kryxan (767161) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475452)

Isnt this the software that you can avoid installing by just holding the Shift key?

Re:Shift key to skip install? (3, Informative)

Embedded2004 (789698) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475537)

I believe it works by the cd auto run feature in windows. Which I have long since disabled. Why anyone would let cds automatically run and install stuff in this day an age is beyond me.

Spyware/Malware/whatever (2, Interesting)

bastardadmin (660086) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475465)

Silent installs eh?
Isn't that contrary to a few computer crime statutes currently in effect in the USA?
Or do they not apply to good corporate citizens like the RIAA membership (who, after all, are just saving us from ourselves)?

And yes, 11 minutes after posting on Saturday night, the referenced discussion link is /.'ed....

Isn't this easily circumvented? (5, Funny)

Dimensio (311070) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475466)

Wasn't there an article many months (years?) ago about how to circumvent this kind of thing by holding "shift" as you insert the disc? Yes, that's a Windows-only solution, but I don't see this kind of problem affecting Macs or Linux machines.

Wait, is mentioning that little workaround considered a DMCA violation?

what's wrong with DRM? (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475467)

I think it's kinda neat that they're streaming digital audio in MPeg-4 over shortwave radio [drm.org] these days. /joke

Seriously, DRMondiale is pretty cool if you get a good signal ;)

This is Illegal in Minnesota (5, Interesting)

Kope (11702) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475471)

I personally hope that a CD I buy installs something on my computer. Really. 'Cuase I'm walking into the DA's office and demanding prosecution under 609.88 the next day. And as a highly paid professional, I know I can bill my time that any 10 second problem will turn into the maximum allowable penalty pretty darn quick...

609.88 Computer damage.

Subdivision 1. Acts. Whoever does any of the following is guilty of computer damage and may be sentenced as provided in subdivision 2:

(b) intentionally and without authorization or with intent to injure or defraud alters any computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, or any other property specifically defined in section 609.87, subdivision 6;

Subd. 2. Penalty. Whoever commits computer damage may be sentenced as follows:

(a) To imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $50,000, or both, if the damage, destruction or alteration results in a loss in excess of $2,500, to the owner, or the owner's agent, or lessee;

(b) To imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both, if the damage, destruction or alteration results in a loss of more than $500, but not more than $2,500 to the owner, or the owner's agent or lessee; or

(c) In all other cases to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine of not more than $700, or both.

Not in the US/UK (1, Redundant)

jlia (568847) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475473)

From one of the linked sites:
Update: Ian sez, "Hi, I'm not sure who posted re: Beastie Boys copy protection, but I just spoke with Mike D and their management and they wanted me to pass along that a) This is all territories except the US and UK -- US and UK discs do not have this protection on them; b) All EMI CDs are treated this way, theirs isn't receiving special treatment; c) They would have preferred not to have the copy protection, but weren't allowed to differ from EMI policy."

How many times this needs to be said (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475478)

... DON'T BUY RIAA's CRAP

Would that be called... (1)

ansak (80421) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475479)

the mark of the Beastie?

couldn't resist...ank

So for all Windows users (4, Informative)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475480)

This is one of the reasons to disable autorunning of CDs. It's nice yes, but really, it's not a big deal to take the extra step to go to the CD and run setp. Since this sort of game of actually installing software without asking seems to be getting popular, it's a good rpeventitive step.

To shut it off, open your registry editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\Cdrom and set the Autorun value to 0. You cal also download TweakUI from Microsoft (go to Microsoft.com and search for TweakUI) which will change the key for you, as well as altering other behaviour.

When you do this, Windows will no longer popup and do anything when you put a disk in. Instead, it will wait for you to do something. For normal data disks, this means you'll have to go run setup yourself. For evil audio disks such as this, they'll simply never install their BS and you can play as normal.

Re:So for all Windows users (4, Informative)

brickbat (64506) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475518)

You can also disable AutoRun via the properties for your drive in Device Manager. Or, you can turn it off temporarily by holding down the Shift key while loading the disc.

Caucasian please! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475481)

nt

the /. effect... (1)

w4rl5ck (531459) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475490)

at least the band page (forum) seems to be down, should be the /. effect. Maybe that tells someone a lesson. "beware of the masses" or so. Depressing that one of my favourite acts publishes such dumb stuff. I like those guys. Should not have given up their own label after all, as it seems...

So don't buy it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475491)

Pure and simple.

If you don't like whatever they're doing, don't give them your money. Don't encourage them to keep on doing it.

Doesn't sound like the article from yesterday (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475493)

Remember the article from yesterday about people accepting DRM? Well I'm really happy that there obviously exists visible resistance to it.

y0 (1)

voudras (105736) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475496)

thats ill

No it Doesn't (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475500)

It asks can it install.

I answered "No".

Then I ripped with EAC.

Then I encoded it with oggdrop.

Then filed the physical CD away.

Meme got this earlier (2, Funny)

nukey56 (455639) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475504)

"Slashdot - We might not be first to the news, but we sure as hell are going to nuke your server. And then some."

memepool [memepool.com] article, complete with link to security focus memo.

Another no-trouble report (0, Troll)

EssTiDee (784920) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475506)

I got a little paranoid... Threw my old Win98 box back together for one last fling. Ripped it to mp3s using a really old version of AudioGrabber. Copied those files to a blank CD-R. Moved 'em to my real computer, dumped 'em, moved them into iTunes, and then to iPod, and back to blank CD converted into CDA form for use in my car. No problems. Perhaps the RIAA didn't bother to hire real software writers for their fabled DRM copy protection?

/. punishment? (0, Redundant)

slickepott (733214) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475510)

I guess the /. effect on their site is a quite big punishment? I wanted to read about angry listeners but hungry /. users got them first!

Not going to check this out (5, Funny)

dvduval (774940) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475512)

I don't think I'll ch-ch-ch-check...check it out! Cause DRM's what it's all about!

Mac and Linux (2, Funny)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475520)

Is my understanding right that it is only a Windows program? I use both MacOS and several Linux distros and I am exteremly offended they didn't make it compatible with the platforms I feel comfortable using!

sounds like its time for a lawsuit (1)

The Lynxpro (657990) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475527)

DRM is one thing; installing spyware is quite another. Sounds like its time for a class action suit against EMI over this.

Copy protection? (1)

Stormie (708) | more than 10 years ago | (#9475544)

the new single is crap anyway (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9475546)

The Beastie Boys are old. They peaked with Paul's Boutique and have slowly been on the decline. The new single "Check it out" (or whatever) is horrid. I couldn't even sit through the entire track the first time I heard it.

Sad? Yes. I love the Beastie Boys. I grew up with their music. But this is the way things go unfortunately.
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