Major Labels

Miscrosoft May Align With Majors For CD Copy Protection

CNET and MusicAlly have both reported talks between Microsoft and major record labels about the software company’s hoped for support of CD copy-protection technologies in its upcoming “Longhorn” Windows operating system, the successor to Windows XP expected to come out in late 2006.

The labels are hoping that Microsoft will integrate technology in its operating system that recognizes a copy-protected disc and prevents unauthorized uses, instead of current technologies that are relegated to software placed on the CD itself. A meeting planned this week is expected to begin negotiations.

It’s hard to imagine the benefit that Microsoft would receive for getting in bed with the major labels that would compensate foe the backlash from a public that wants the freedom to use and transport their music however they see fit.

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