March 20, 2001

A strong lack of grace

Author: JT Smith

Remember CDDB, the open database server that changed its name to Gracenote and its mission to for-profit? Linux Journal's Brian Proffitt writes: "What Gracenote has done is hijacked public information, plain and simple. Ironically, it got that information from users who were essentially hijacking it from the CD labels and typing it into their computers. Now Gracenote has taken this information, claimed it as proprietary, and is only doling out the data to those who will pledge obedience to the keepers of the data." Small wonder, then, that free CD-lookup database alternatives have gained in popularity.
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