Sony nixes copy-protected CDs in Japan

Sony's Japanese music unit says it will no longer sell CDs with built-in copy protection, a technology it had been pushing for two years.

Such compact discs, which have sold 20 million copies in Japan, only let consumers copy their music once for free onto a personal computer. A charge is levied for any additional copies. If a PC cannot be connected to the Internet, the CD cannot be copied.

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