A timely news article today after my rant yesterday about the copyright wars. Turns out the record industry has been slipping copy-protected audio CDs into stores for a few months now. The copy protection prevents you from making .mp3 files from the CD – your files will be full of audible clicks and pops. So you’re prevented from making a backup copy of the songs on the CD in the event the CD is damaged; you’re prevented from storing the songs on your computer and taking advantage of the features of your favorite jukebox program; you’re prevented from making copies to listen to on a portable .mp3 player. And it’s only the beginning . . .