January 22, 2001
IBM touts Napster-proof music locks
Author: JT Smith
News.com reports on IBM's attempt at copy protection, which allows songs "to be copied and sent from person to person as often as consumers want. But built-in restrictions would be triggered by the copies, permitting the next person in line on Napster or an e-mail chain to play the song only once, hear 30 seconds or hear nothing at all." Widespread adoption hinges on the efforts of the music industry convincing the public to switch to copy-limiting media and playback devices.