cactus data shield

Wim De Smet wdesmet at
Fri Dec 21 20:00:22 UTC 2001


I'd like to draw some attention to a news message I read. It's on a bit of a free software unfriendly site (zdnet belgium).

It's in dutch, and gives some details about a new cd, that will be protected by cactus data shield technology. What's so bad about this, is that it's a propietary format that will only play on a specialised player in Windows. No mac or gnu/linux support. In my eyes this is extremely bad. The 'experiment' will be carried out in the US and off course the program etc. fall under DMCA. I think this is a good example of the reasons why DMCA should be abolished. If more record companies go this way, eventually we will be unable to buy cd's anymore.

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