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Digital decoys [fake MP3 song files to deter music pirating]

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In an attempt to foil those seeking free music, the recording industry is flooding the Internet with fake MP3 song files that appear under a song's usual track name but, when played, offer only a frustrating mix of looped choruses or noise. The idea is to hit pirates where it hurts-boxing their ears with spoiled music to encourage them to buy CDs or obtain music on the Web through legitimate methods rather than download songs illegally for free. Copyright owners would like to use technology to protect their interests so long as they're not causing damage.

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IEEE Spectrum  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 5 )