A victory for fair use? Kinda. Not really.

CNET is running an article (CD lock loosened for freer copying) on improvements to CD anti-copying technology by a company called Macrovision that will allow for less restrictions on the use of the CDs you have already bought. I am of two minds on this. I can understand the necessity of protecting intellectual property on the one hand but treating your customers like criminals by making them jump through hoops to use something that they have already bought seems a bit ridiculous in my books. I suppose that this is at least a step in the right direction but if I can’t play a CD I just bought on my computer I’m not going to be a happy camper and I might not be buying much more from that label. At least that’s the plan.