I’ve had like three posts I’ve wanted to put up today (including the open thread), and have been prevented from doing so by severe computer problems. Posting from the lab computer is somewhat more annoying (lacking my usual software and bookmarks) so I’ll write up the post with the fewest number of links.
So I’d decided to acquire the new album by My Morning Jacket, which ordinarily would have been a straightforward matter, but this time I ran into an ethical dilemma. The problem, of course, is that My Morning Jacket is on a Sony label. Hence:
- If I buy the CD, I am implicitly supporting Sony’s harmful DRM practices. I won’t personally be affected since I have AutoRun turned off on my computers, and Z has the comparatively mild Suncomm DRM rather than the rootkit version, but one still shouldn’t buy CDs with such software on them.
- Or I could buy the tracks off iTMS, forgoing CD quality, album art, and liner notes, and substituting Apple’s DRM for Sony’s. Well, at least Apple won’t try to hack my PC, but they do have a habit of unilaterally renegotiating the terms of the license agreement.
- Or I could download them off a peer-to-peer service (for all the damage it does to paying customers, the DRM is easily worked-around and the tracks will certainly be available), but once again I forgo the packaging and now the band doesn’t get any money.
- Or I could buy it on vinyl (if it exists in that format), but I still don’t own a turntable.
It seemed to me that there was no good solution, and I ended up buying the actual CD since this is my preferred medium anyway. But I’m still sort of conflicted about it.