Copy Controls & Copy Protection:
This is a loose rundown of what's in store for
consumers. We have to ask ourselves as Vendors would have us to think - The
recurring Theme... Is this a Product or a Service? Keep it
up or knock it off. Do they want our money or our
business? If Vendors want our business, they'll get our money. If
however they only want our money, they'll end up losing business. Business
goes where it it wanted and stays where it is appreciated. Or do
you occupy the other side of that fence? Can we keep a happy medium and
keep everyone happy? The Business Model is changing.
So too must we change lest we ourselves become forgotten. GB
the Readers (SiliconX) on ExtremeTech Forums: ofsoundmind.tv:
Of Sound Mind - Counter Copy (5/28/2002).
Labels to dampen CD burning CNET News.com: (6/3/2004).
- Let My Content Go: Content Protection - Distribution &
Access plus Winners and Losers (10/16/2003)
fight shadows Microsoft lawsuit CNET News.com: Macrovision vs.
InterTrust Technologies (10/15/2003).
key breaks CD copy locks CNET News.com: Philips Compact Disc
Digital Audio - When is a CD no longer a CD? DRM Rocket Science
from a Security Researcher's Perspective - Discussing John Halderman's
Analysis of the MediaMax CD3 Copy-Prevention System from SunnComm
tinkers with CD copy controls CNET News.com: "The
Bertelesmann AG division, which produces contemporary artists
including Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne and No Doubt, said it plans to
begin selling CDs in the United States protected with SunnComm's
MediaMax CD-3 product." (7/1/2003)
- Audio Lock-Box™ - Coming Soon: T.A. Productions announces a
new and superior CD Audio Copy Protection technology currently being
developed - Audio Lock-Box™. Two
versions currently being produced:
- ALB V1 - Completely
Lock-Outs all computers from any access rights; while consumer CD
& DVD players will be able to play the protected CDs.
ALB V2 -
Offers features for CD Quality PC play. Unlike most CD Audio
protections, ALB is able to stream the protected files at CD
Quality (44100, 16bit stereo).
"The idea behind
ALB was to give music owners the freedom to enjoy their music at CD
Quality. One of the major concerns with past protections was PC
play from a lower-quality compressed file. ALB Technology takes
advantage of playing on a computer at CD Quality with no quality loss,
" said Edward Heldman, CEO and Development Marketing Director.
In addition to ALB being the most compatible CD Copy Protection to
date; the technology is also by far the most secure. IP Content
will be placed in a "Lock-Box" with limited rights, as the
owner’s decide. Rights’ owners have a variety of options
from a complete computer Lock-Out, to limited PC play at CD Quality to
also using Microsoft’s DRM Rights Management for controlled copying
into DRM files (6/11/2003).
- The Source: jvc-victor.co.jp:
Aug. 27, 2002: Joint Development of "Root"
CD-ROM Copy Protection Technology, Special Encryption Key
Offers the Strong Protection. Digital Entertainment Company, "Hudson
Soft Co., Ltd. and Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) have
collaborated on the development of "Root"* CD-ROM copy
protection technology. "Root" draws on the software
development expertise of Hudson and the mastering technologies of JVC."
New Anti-Piracy Technique Uses Hidden Encryption
Keys. Will Users be taken "Up The River" on another
Rendition of Product or Service? Remember the 1st round of DivX?
And what happened to it? Oh, nobody bought it? Well isn't that
IMHO How to Defeat Copy-Protected CDs (5/28/2002).
version of - Copy protection with felt-tip
pen crack (5/18/2002).
Digital Content Protection (5/16/2002).
Copy Protection: The
Register - Brit music indies want copy-protected CDs (4/19/2002).
Home Page: McDSP Now Using iLok Copy Protection System - McDSP has
begun including iLok License Cards with plug-In purchases instead of
key disks. (4/14/2002).
Products Analog Channel: McDSP will be transitioning to the iLok
dongle and License card copy protection system, while maintaining
support for key disk and challenge response authorizations. Read
answers to commonly asked questions regarding the iLok copy
PC - News Page: Celine Dion crashes PCs
using Sony's Key2Audio.
Sony DADC is the leading copy
control solution for Audio CDs. Pass or Play? (4/9/2002).
CD Copy Protection Debates (2/17/2002).
Home Page: Copy Protection Technical Working
- CopySafe: Protection from Screen Capture and Print Screen
Cactus - Claims: "Cactus Data Shield is a comprehensive
solution for protecting content on optical media, such as music CDs,
against unauthorized digital replication and conversion to compressed
files for on-line distribution" (2/2/2002).
Understanding Secure Audio Path (1/26/2002).
TV & Sound - Interactive TV & DVD MP3 Internet Audio &
Video Satellite TV - e-VideoTV
Cancels Copy-Protection Licensing
Register: Macrovision's SafeAudio, Anti-rip CD system bypassed...
Is CD copy-protection illegal - Tech News - CNET.com
January 4, 2002
New HASP (Hardware Against Software Piracy) Developer’s Kit Provides
Software Security With Full Win XP And Mac OS X Cross-Platform Support
-- www1.internetwire.com (1/2/2002).
Research Study Links:
Network Microsoft patents Digital Rights Management Operating System
[January 26, 2002] (12/13/2001).
Intellectual Property Digital Rights Management (DRM) Systems &
Copy-Protection Schemes Archive (3/28/2001).
MP3 Can't Touch This - Secure PC (3/26/2001).
Windows XP Can Secure Music (2/13/2001).
As we cover this subject during our
weekly BuildOrBuy Discussions, we'll share the follow-up discoveries with
you here on-line! Whether they call it Copy Controls or Copy Protection,
do see your PC hardware & software as a
Product or a Service? Your new music CD-ROM also as a
Product or a Service? BTW: Your CD, did you make it or buy it?
Did you buy or thought about buying the
new 1394 FireWire gear hoping to hook everything together and transfer
your digital whatever wherever, whenever? So all of YOUR Digital Media, is
it a Product or a Service?
We hope the following will be
enlightening, useful and fruitful. We all have power of the purse. If we
the buying consumer don't like it - We certainly don't have to buy it no
matter how average Vendors would like to think we are. And they can
take that to the bank!
Anti-Piracy - iLok (USB hardware dongle) smart key & InterLok.
Developers Adopt PACE Anti-Piracy’s New iLok Smart Key
- WPA - Windows
- Windows Product Activation: (Windows Product Activation) is
different than Product Registration and should not be confused.
- BIOS Lock
- So vendors can lock you PC System Restore CD to the Bios - So?
Insider - BIOS Lock: The Scoop on CD-less Windows PCs
(June 15, 2000)
- Drive Imaging -
Protection Robs The Future
Hackers bypass Microsoft copy protection
- FreeMe, DRM 2 cracker (10/30/01).
- SCMS - Serial
Copy Management System - A copy protection method used
for recordable Audio CDs that allows one copy of the original to be
Digital Music Initiative (SDMI)
Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Copy Management System
- The Tapers Section - SCMS Primer
- The Company
- SCMS Copybit
Killer Kit from Elektor - Stippler
to record digitally without SCMS
FAQ - How does SCMS work?
Community Page SCMS tweakers
- Digital Transmission Content
Protection (5C) - DTLA HOME PAGE
- Charlie Pride - "A Tribute
to Jim Reeves"
and Musicians - Mpeg3.com-.net-.org - The International Standard for
Releases - Fahrenheit Entertainment Corporate Website - Fahrenheit
Entertainment Inspects and Accepts New Charley Pride CD; SunnComm Goes
to Market with the World's First "Cloaked CD"
copy protection dead on arrival - Tech News - CNET.com
- SunnComm - MediaCloQ (Digital Content
Cloaking Technology (DC2))