CD Warning Labels in use

Thanks to the help of a contact in the Netherlands (and others), here are some examples of the kinds of warnings that have appeared on corrupt CD releases. As you can see, many of these are in tiny print, sideways, or hidden away where you are unlikely to look. Really we need something big and bold to warn consumers, not cowardly efforts like some of these! Also, remember that there are still CD releases being made without any warning labels. So, watch out, and let us know if you find any CDs we don’t already know about, labelled or not.

IFPI’s new logo for corrupt discs.
See their press releases here and here.

We hope that the logo will be displayed prominently and in black and white, but IFPI’s recent recommendations are so vague that it could just as well appear in blue on purple hidden on the back cover, which would not help consumers in any way. Also, this abstract shape will have no meaning to consumers unless it is also explained to them, which means that it is of little use without an accompanying consumer information campaign from the IFPI, which they are not planning as far as we are aware.