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Saturday, January 19, 2008 |
( 1/19/2008 05:32:00 PM ) Bill S.
493: Here's a new one on me. I recently received a review copy of the upcoming B-52s release, Funplex, and the company releasing the disc, Astralwerks, sent me a CD with my name, the name of the site I'm writing for ("Blog Critics") and part of my address (the "Saf" of "Safford AZ") imprinted on the disc. On the little white sheet accompanying the disc in its snug plastic sleeve is a seven-paragraph warning advising me that my pre-release copy contains "encryption to enable us to trace any unauthorized use of these recordings in breach of our intellectual property rights."
"You should be aware," the warning continues, "that we are carefully monitoring the use of our pre-release copies by their recipients, including use by journalists and publishers, who should be sensitive towards intellectual property rights since they derive a living from the creativity and investment that these rights protect and stimulate." Fair enough, think I, though I'd probably be more receptive to this message if Kate & Fred & Cindy & Keith had signed it. I momentarily feel the urge to rage against the machine and do something truly disreputable - like tear the tag off a mattress or somp'n. That's right, you can't control me (he sez in his best Fred Stoller voice); I'm a crazyman.
In front of my name on the disc is a number (493) that's apparently been assigned to me to keep track of the encrypted material I've been mailed. I wonder if I'll forever be 493 in Astralwerks' database, or if it's just a one-time thing. It's not a bad number to be, I finally decide . . .
The CD? Haven't played it all the way through yet.