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Friday, 5 April, 2002, 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
Dion's CD can crash PCs
Dion's new CD is her first studio album in five years
Dion's new CD is her first studio album in five years
Buyers of Celine Dion's new album are being warned not to play the CD on their computer as it might force it to crash.

European versions of her CD, A New Day Has Come, carry warnings that it should not be played on PCs as it is embedded with copy protection technology.

It is used to prevent songs being uploading onto the internet.

The CD, which entered the UK and US album charts at number one last weekend, is the first copy-protected release by music giant Sony.

Some fans in Germany are reportedly complaining that the disc will not eject properly and that it is harming the computer's hardware.

Natalie Imbruglia's CD was first to be copy-protected
Natalie Imbruglia's CD was first to be copy-protected
A Sony spokeswoman told the Hollywood Reporter newspaper the CD would not corrupt computers, although it would cause it to crash and as a result of that, might not eject properly.

A New Day Has Come is Dion's first studio album in five years, after she took time off to have her first baby.

Last year record company BMG had to replace some copies of singer Natalie Imbruglia's latest release, White Lilies Island, because it did not warn customers that the CD would not play on PCs.

New technology

It sparked complaints because the CD would not work in some older stereo systems and did not function in DVD players with audio CD capabilities.

At the time BMG admitted it was "concerned" but said complaints had only been received from about one customer for every 1,000 CDs shipped to shops.

Sony, BMG and the other major record companies - Universal, Warner and EMI - are all keen to employ technologies that will limit the digital duplication of CDs.

But some consumers are alarmed, and say that record retailers are not making the distinction between normal and copy-protected CDs clear enough.

In September a California woman sued a record company and technology firm after she found out her new CD by country act Charley Pride contained a copy protection scheme that prevented it from being played in her PC.

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