Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Sony boycott

I'm sure that everyone has heard about the malevolent tactics used by Sony to monitor and control their customers. I've read about much of it through the blog postings of Brad over at Wendy McElroy's blog.

He provided a link today to a blog that I'll keep an eye on. It's called The Sony Boycott Blog, and the action mentioned in the blog title is certainly a good idea, and something that I've been doing since before this news came out.

One of the bad things about all of this is that a jazz group that I like happens to be on the Sony label: The Bad Plus. I own their first two studio albums and their only live release thus far, but I have not purchased their latest studio album, and I don't plan on doing so. I do have a few great live recordings of them, and to further my dislike of Sony, I'll set up mp3s for download here tomorrow night of their perfomance at the London Jazz Festival this past Friday. The set was broadcast on BBC radio.

These guys have recieved plenty of promotion and whatnot from Sony the past few years, but they seriously need to get hip and ditch Sony ASAP. None of the other great modern jazz trios that I listen to are involved with major labels like Sony, and they're thriving.


Blogger KipEsquire said...

For what it's worth, Sony has announced that they are ceasing the practice.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Not exactly- at least not from what I read a couple of days ago. They said that they were temporarily suspending the practice. Has there been something more recent indicating it will be permanent?

11:45 AM  
Blogger freeman said...

From what I understand at the moment, they have ceased the practice of adding that specific rootkit to their CDs, but they don't plan on ending the use of DRMs in general. It's a step in the right direction, but still doesn't cut it for me.

1:24 PM  

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