@matt I have a feeling that cassette shells intended for pre-recorded tapes never had tabs to start with - the write protect notches were already open (they weren't recorded on anyway on a cassette machine but filled up with prerecorded lengths of bulk tape from a duplicator)
@vfrmedia Yeah, I phrased it badly. I wonder if they used standard commercial shells, or used shells normally intended for home taping. I expect it's the former. I'm not sure how big the run was, but probably too big for them to engage in any production weirdness
@matt looks like a standard commercial run (I suspect paying someone to remove a single tab from thousands of cassettes would have pushed the production price up too much..)
@matt they were on an indie label run by one of the band members (which still exists today, though they lost the rights to the Dead Kennedys music in a lawsuit in 2000s) who have always made political statements (the tape duplicating company wouldn't care what was on the labels provided they got paid)
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