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Beastie Boys Respond to DRM Claims 581

Posted by michael
from the didn't-do-nothin' dept.
An anonymous reader notes that the Beastie Boys have responded to claims that their new album is DRM-crippled; their response is that the US and UK versions aren't crippled, and the DRM software is only installed in RAM, not on disk. See our previous story for background.
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Beastie Boys Respond to DRM Claims

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:37PM (#9538638)
    Installing Vaporware? Good to know that the person who wrote that article has no clue what he/she is talking about.
  • by Mold (136317) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:37PM (#9538643)
    This Macrovision technology does NOT install spyware or vaporware of any kind on a users PC.

    I'm so glad they're not installing vaporware on my machine! Phew! I was worried for a bit there.
  • by loyalsonofrutgers (736778) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:39PM (#9538658)
    The newspost on the Beastie Boys website also includes the denial that the CD installs any vaporware on the user's PC. This has clueless manager written allllll over it.
  • Hmm... (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:39PM (#9538665)
    "It does absolutely NOT install any kind of spyware, shareware, silverware, or ladies wear onto the users system."

    I dunno, lonely men will pay a lot for certain types of "ladies wear" on the Internet. Maybe this could be a new RIAA marketing scheme...
  • by tigress (48157) <rot13.fcnzgenc03@8in.net> on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:43PM (#9538691)
    Oh? I dare you to prove that it DOES install vaporware. :D
  • Re:yes (Score:5, Funny)

    by Pakaran2 (138209) <windrunnerNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:47PM (#9538711)
    Yeah, well, if you want to run HURD, you'll have to install it yourself, I guess. It's free software, so you'd think they could legally bundle it with a music CD, but must have decided not to.

    Maybe the album couldn't be 13 years late?

    Now when Macrovision starts incorporating tupperware, I'll be worried - imagine having to push the lid of the jewel case down to burp it before you can move the CD to another device.
  • by barcodez (580516) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:48PM (#9538723)
    Looks like their server has some Ill Communication they had better get their root down
  • by ideatrack (702667) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:56PM (#9538766)
    I don't know, that's gratitude for you. It could be sabotage, but I'm sure it'll be alive again soon. Let's hope they get it together.

    Khuhuhuhuhuh.
  • by 0racle (667029) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:58PM (#9538776)
    Fry: "Wow the Beastie Boys, a 1000 years ago i had all 5 of your albums."
    Mike D: "Ya but that was a 1000 years ago..."
    Adam Horovitz: "Now we have 7."
  • by ringbarer (545020) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @04:03PM (#9538801) Homepage Journal
    You've gotta FIGHT!
    For your RIGHT!
    To Ppprrrroooo-fit!
  • Re:Cache (Score:5, Funny)

    by TWX (665546) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @04:28PM (#9538947)
    I've thought of drafting a letter to them, something like the following:
    Dear Beastie Boys:


    Stop trying to debate technical matters regarding the software your new CD tries to run with people who know far, far more about the details than you do. From our perspective it's like trying to have a duel with an unarmed man. Relax, your regular mindless fans won't know the situation anyway, and probably won't even be aware of the damage that you are illegally causing to their PCs, assuming that there are any people left who were fifteen the last time you had a release who still care to listen to you.

    Normally I wouldn't have cared either way about your new CD, but in light of recent developments, I'll keep an eye out for it on the Internet.

    Sincerely,
    Random Techie
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 26, 2004 @04:28PM (#9538949)
    They think loaded = installed
    everyone else thinks loaded = run

    I think loaded = drunk, stoned
  • by mog007 (677810) <[Mog007] [at] [gmail.com]> on Saturday June 26, 2004 @04:32PM (#9538964)
    It's to qwell the rumours that 3DRealms would be bundling DNF on the new CD. Seriously.
  • by MBCook (132727) <foobarsoft@foobarsoft.com> on Saturday June 26, 2004 @04:32PM (#9538966) Homepage
    I'm so glad they're not installing vaporware on my machine!

    There were going to... but it wasn't ready yet. *rimshot*

  • by bakawally (637407) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @04:47PM (#9539056)
    Damn. I was hoping that DNF would get installed.
  • by yoshi_mon (172895) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @05:33PM (#9539263)
    I want to say to Jimmy James that I'm rather mad at the "vaporware" that is not being installed on my box.

    My Funky Boss is not happy about it either because when I tried to listen to my new CD on my computer at work it hosed it up.

    I had to Pass the Mic to my admin who told me I needed to read /. more often so I would know these things.

    But I did have some Gratitude for other artists who take a stand with their recording companys unlike the BBoys are doing now apparently.

    Their website told me to Lighten Up but I still don't think they are being honest with me.

    Other CD's are Finger Licking Good because the are real but I guess they forgot that when they made this one.

    So Whatcha Want is a real CD and not this one.

    The Biz vs the Nudge was a grudge match between DRM and Fair Use, we are still waiting to see who will win.

    Time For Livin is right now, if you are real about your music BBoys stand up to your label and speak some truth.

    Something's Got to Give and it will; SCO will fall and MS will have to find a new shill.

    The Blue Nun does not even like the DRM on her box.

    Stand Together beacuse if we refuse these DRM crippled systems they will stop selling them.

    POW in your mouth for messing with us.

    The Maestro told me that I could disable this DRM by holding down a shift key but he was sent away for being a "terrorist".

    Groove Holmes also was suspect but he is told them he's voteing for Bush this year so they let him go.

    Live at PJ's was recorded and distributed via Kazaa, increaseing record sales, but the RIAA still sued them.

    I Mark the Bus with instructions on how to defeat the DRM on the new BBoys album so all my homies can see it.

    Professor Booty is working on a way to defeat people who "steal" all that music by singing on their own but I hear it's not going very well.

    In 3's, #1 damn this album has a lot of tracks, #2 I though I could respect the BBoys but I'm not so sure now, #3 if you have read all this your more wacked than Mike D.

    I had to bend over for Namaste so he could install the DRM in my...
  • Re:Question (Score:4, Funny)

    by Kiryat Malachi (177258) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @05:36PM (#9539279) Journal
    Options:

    1) They're punishing you for being godless commies.

    2) We protected you from the red menace for so long, this is our payoff.

    3) English is just a naturally superior language; as a result, English speakers don't deserve DRM.

    4) French people. Enough said.

    5) George W Bush threatened to nuke EMI if they didn't keep "those godless Eurotrash from pirating our hard-earned American IP".

    6) Barbara Boxer threatened to sue EMI if they didn't keep "those wonderful European scamps from pirating the music industries rightfully earned profits".

    7) Orrin Hatch's head exploded; as a result, the US no longer has to deal with stupid copy protection efforts.

    8) French people.

    9) Specifically to piss off the Europeans; I mean, that's what American corporations live for, right?

    10) They think if they make the scheme illogical enough, all the computer nerds who pirate their music will have their brains ignite in a collective bonfire of confusion.

    (laugh, its supposed to be funny)
  • by dilweed (698689) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @05:41PM (#9539297) Homepage
    I've already downloaded my copy. :)
  • Re:Cache (Score:5, Funny)

    by bgeer (543504) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @05:42PM (#9539301)
    This Macrovision technology does NOT install spyware or
    vaporware of any kind on a users PC.

    What a relief, we can only imagine what disastrous effects it might have if Duke Nukem Forever were to be surreptitiously installed on the defenseless hard drives of innocent beastie-boy fans.

  • by BroncoInCalifornia (605476) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @05:49PM (#9539339)
    If none of the copy protection requires software applications to be loaded, why does the very same article say that it sets up an audio player in RAM?

    "We installed DRM software into RAM but we did not install it onto the computer"

    "I smoked pot, but I did not inhale."

    "I did not have sex with that woman."

  • by AvantLegion (595806) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @06:42PM (#9539557) Journal
    Does it matter? Look at the label. It says "EMI".

    Look at the press release. It says "The disk *IS* copy controlled in Europe - which is standard policy for all Capitol/EMI titles"

    Look at the list of EMI artists

    Please avoid buying music from the following bands:

    (big ass list of crap "artists" cut)

    Wow! I'm boycotting EMI without even trying!

  • by elemental23 (322479) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @06:57PM (#9539627) Homepage Journal
    "I did not have sex with that woman."

    I think that goes without saying if you're posting to Slashdot.
  • by Alsee (515537) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @07:19PM (#9539728) Homepage
    vaporware can, by definition, not be installed.

    Sure it can!
    Just only on the Phantom game console.

    -
  • by mbourgon (186257) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @07:26PM (#9539759) Homepage
    It's even listed under "Top Best Sellers"! *ROFL*
  • by illumin8 (148082) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @07:38PM (#9539821) Journal
    This Macrovision technology does NOT install spyware or vaporware of any kind on a users PC.

    Damn! I was kind of hoping it would install Duke Nukem Forever when I stuck it in my drive...
  • Re:Cache (Score:4, Funny)

    by Teun (17872) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @09:32PM (#9540201) Homepage
    1. There is NO copy controlled software on US or UK releases of Beastie Boys' "To the 5 Boroughs."

    2. The disk *IS* copy controlled in Europe - which is standard policy

    Oh, you mean the UK is not Europe?
    Yep, the next sentence proves this guy doesn't have a clue about geography.

    the same technology being used for the past several months around the world for all of EMI's releases in those territories

    Love to hear what else there is between 'around the world' and 'those territories'.

  • by mcpkaaos (449561) on Sunday June 27, 2004 @02:37AM (#9541022)
    "Iraq sponsored al Qaeda"

    "Afghanistan sponsored al Qaeda"

    "The Saudi royals are our friends"

    "We are already at peak oil production"

    "Bush can almost always spell his own name on the first try"

    This *is* a fun game! :)

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