Playing a CD is a privilege. Just ask Mr. Kyyrä

Read this is article from Ars Technica a few days back.It was titled “When playing a CD becomes a “privilege,” not a right” by Ken “Caesar” Fisher.

The “Trust No One” section of this blog trys to cover the encroaching challenges to our culture being brought about at the behest of the entertainment industry and it’s arrogance. DRM and DMCA have more to do about who makes a buck than stopping piracy to “protect the artist”.

The RIAA and MPAA and there various local bodies all talk up the losses from piracy and then con the pollies and the public into believing that the sky is about to fall. Most of the time they make sure that we only ever see reasonable and “genuinly caring” spokespeople but every so often the blinds are pulled back and we get to see the real “wizard”. Like Tommi Kyyrä, of IFPI Finland. Mr. Kyyrä told Tietokone (it looks like a Finnish tech mag” that the ability to play CDs on computers is a “privilege,” and that people who have problems with CDs laden with DRM should just buy new CD players.

To quote
“Now, we need to understand that listening to music on your computer is an extra privilege. Normally people listen to music on their car or through their home stereos,” said Kyyrä. “If you are a Linux or Mac user, you should consider purchasing a regular CD player.” (Translation via

Curiously, Mr. Kyyrä’s inflammatory remarks have since been removed from the story ( But this is the internet and as you can see they weren’t quick enough.

So there you have it folks shut up, give them the money and go and buy some new toys that will last about six months until these idiots realise the latest model has been hacked and they put some more crap “anti piracy” measures that wont paly on last months model and around and around it goes.

Thanks to Ken Fisher of ARs Technica for writing about this and doing the translations.

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