Mercury News: The major labels are planning to add DRM technology to every CD sold in the US. Many of the technologies involving having two sets of files -- an unprotected one that plays when the CD is inserted into a player and a protected one that opens when a CD is inserted into a computer.
"On the PC, a message appears that asks the buyer for permission to install a piece of software on the desktop. Answer no, and the disc is ejected. It won't play. Once installed, the software regulates how often people can rip a full copy of the CD to the computer, burn individual tracks or make full copies of each album. EMI, for example, will permit the consumer to upload an album once per computer, burn individual tracks seven times and make up to three full copies of each CD."
This won't stop dedicated pirates from copying the music but it will stop many people from performing "casual piracy"...most people don't try to get around protection no matter how easy it is. The fact that you can copy the CD a few times for personal use will help also.
Now the problem is getting the tracks to play on iPods because Apple won't license its FairPlay system...it's ironic that the labels are now accusing others of being restrictive... (via BillboardPostPlay)