Please note that these CD campaign pages have been frozen as of 14-1-2005, and will not be updated for the time being. However, they will still remain here as an information resource for people still encountering problems with their CDs.
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- We want to know about all the UK-released CDs that are
copy-protected, to put on our bad CD page, but ...
- We can't buy every UK CD to test, and so ...
- We want you to help us test them. If you have a computer and
some CDs you've bought in the last few months, you can help us out by
doing a quick test on each one.
- Please E-mail your reports to this
The most reliable way to test a CD is to put it in a Windows PC
and try to extract one or more tracks from it onto your hard drive
(Macs are immune to some of these CDs). To do this you'll need
software known as a `CD ripper' or `CD audio extractor' or something
like that. (See our Windows
tips and Mac tips sections
above for step-by-step instructions.)
If you find that you can't extract the audio from the CD, then try
some other things:
- Try playing it normally in the computer -- does that work?
- Try playing it on a PlayStation 2 or a DVD player if you have
them -- does it play okay?
- If you have a MiniDisc recorder and a digital lead, can you
record the CD audio digitally?
The more clear information you can give us, the better, but in any
case, even a simple "it won't rip" is useful to us. Here is a quick
check-list of other information that is useful to us:
Also let us know if you are testing a promo release rather than the
public release. All the UK reports will be put up on our Bad CDs
page, so please let us know!
- The Artist name, the CD title, and whether this is an album or a
- The country in which you bought the CD
- The type of machine you're using to extract the audio (Windows PC,
Mac, Linux box, etc)
- Whether there is a warning label on the CD packaging or not
-- The Campaign for Digital Rights CD Task Force
IMPORTANT NOTE: At the moment we're concentrating on UK releases,
because it would be too big a job to cover even Europe, let alone the
whole world. These CDs are often released copy-protected in one
country and unprotected in another (like the Heather Nova CD). If we
manage to get a database-driven site up and running, we'll be able to
expand to cover reports from anywhere. For now, please send US-based
reports to Fat Chuck's