[Gllug] Copy-protected CD's

Simon Wilcox simonw at simonwilcox.co.uk
Wed Apr 10 14:52:14 UTC 2002

On Wed, 10 Apr 2002, Allen Baranov wrote:

> On a side note from the looks of things copy protection is not working so well
> for the record companies. For a start the makers of CD hardware are getting
> pissed off. There has been no copy protection device that has actually worked
> perfectly and within the release in the shops of a copy protected CD the
> files are waiting for download on mp3 sites. In fact, the fact that there is
> a challenge seems to be an incentive to rip the CDs.
> Also, copy protected CDs are not (legal?/liked?) in some parts of the world so
> a CD copy protected in one part of the world is not protected elsewhere and
> the Internet is International so someone somewhere will be able to rip the CD
> and make it availible to all.

Philips are threatening various actions [1] to protect their copyright of
the CD brand, claiming these CDs don't comform to the specification and
should therefore not have the CD logo on them.

> At the very least one can plug a cable from the output of one device to the
> input of another and make a copy (not perfect but good enough if you are
> going to make an mp3).

Or take a digital out into the digital in of a high-end sound card and rip
it directly with no loss of quality.

> As always, (think PC games copy protection schemes) the only ones who really
> lose out are the people who genuinely buy the product and have to jump
> through hoops to enjoy it.

Nothing prevents the crackers. "What science can create, science can


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