From Slashdot: joining ranks with the Dave Matthews Band, another group of dangerous rock and rollers have broken the law. A band called Switchfoot has posted instructions on how to bypass the copy protection on their own CD. This is a Sony release, and the copy protection is another SunnComm specialty, easily defeated in any number of ways. Sony of course owns the copyright on the music, so Switchfoot has violated the DMCA by disseminating information on how to pirate someone else’s content. It would be hilarious if Sony sued their own band, but I think they’re probably just going to get yelled at.
In their post, the band apologizes to their fans and and explains that there’s really not much they can do about it. They’re right. Much as I wish it were true, music generally does not sell itself. I think we’re still in the zone where labels are necessary evils (but, like, really evil evils). The person who figures out why all this internetism still hasn’t gotten us to the place where artists can get heard, sold and still make a living without selling their souls to a retarded middleman is going to make a billion dollars.