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-REC 'Copy-proof' CDs cracked with marker pen
[3 hits, 32 votes, Average Rating 1.50] [Added: 21st May 2002]

CNN.com; Reuters; May 21, 2002. With a picture showing how it's done.
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-REC BMG Backs Down Over Copy-Protected CD
[1 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating -1.00] [Added: 18th Nov 2001]

Slashdot; November 18, 2001. A report on the UK release of the Imbruglia CD. After numerous complaints, BMG is offering to exchange uncorrupted CDs for the ones purchased. An early battle in a long war to come, I expect. An article in The Register: BMG to replace anti-rip Natalie Imbruglia CDs
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-REC Can You Violate Copyright Law With a Magic Marker?
[2 hits, 2 votes, Average Rating 1.00] [Added: 4th Jun 2002]

Slate.com; Brendan I. Koerner; June 3, 2002. Part of their Explainer series of Q&As:

Those who spread the Magic Marker method via Internet news groups or articles are on shakier legal ground, however. Section 1201 also includes a broadly worded "trafficking provision" that forbids the dissemination of copyright-shirking methods. Writers who describe the method could be prosecuted if their work is judged to have no raison d'être other than to aid budding pirates. Slate and other media outlets are in the clear, but the geeks who first shared the felt-tip techniques on alt.music news groups could be in hot water.

Bonus Explainer: Another player in the Key2Audio drama who could feel the DMCA's wrath is the smart-ass who recently tried to sell a Sharpie marker on eBay. Describing the marker, he wrote, "For the purpose of scribbling on Sony CDs." That could be construed as trafficking a circumvention device, another no-no according to Section 1201.

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-REC CD Copy Protection Technologies List and Discussion
[1 hits, 6 votes, Average Rating 3.83] [Added: 4th Apr 2002]

CD Media World - a site that tries to be comprehensive in discussing (1) CD copy protection technologies and (2) work-arounds. "This page contains a list of all known CD Protections which are currently on the market, how they can be detected and how to by-pass many of them."
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-REC CD Technology Stops Copies, but It Starts a Controversy
[3 hits, 3 votes, Average Rating 2.67] [Added: 1st Mar 2002]

New York Times; Amy HArmon; March 1, 2002. The start of a widespread backlash against the practice? Hard to tell, but this is probably the first mainstream press on the subject. A good summary, mentioning the challenge to fair use, etc. embedded in this approach.
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-REC CD Technology Stops Copies, but It Starts a Controversy
[2 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating -1.00] [Added: 1st Mar 2002]

New York Times; Amy HArmon; March 1, 2002. The start of a widespread backlash against the practice? Hard to tell, but this is probably the first mainstream press on the subject. A good summary, mentioning the challenge to fair use, etc. embedded in this approach.
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-REC Celine Dion Killed My iMac!
[3 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating -1.00] [Added: 31st May 2002]

MacOpinion; Matther Reuben; May 28, 2002. A detailed look at how CDs and CD copy protection works (or doesn't!)
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-REC Chained Melodies
[1 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating -1.00] [Added: 13th Mar 2002]

Salon.com; Damien Cave; March 13, 2002. "Copyright-holding corporations are pushing new laws and computer-crippling technologies in their war on piracy. But can anything keep geeks from copying the music and movies they crave?" A look at SSSCA and other strategies in this space. Lessig, Touretzsky and Litman cited - Slashdot discussion Chained Melodies with the following description: "Salon is running an elegant article that covers the current state of the copy protection and circumvention debate. The article touches on the DMCA and the SSSCA, with input from Touretzky, Lessig, and others. It offers a dystopic vision of a future where geeks battle increasingly complex copy protection schemes until ultimately, any consumer control over media is outlawed outright. Refreshingly, the article is not a "Salon Premium" feature." There are letters to the editor at Salon about the article.
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-REC Congressman assails CD copy protection
[1 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating -1.00] [Added: 9th Jan 2002]

The Register; Thomas C. Greene; January 8, 2002. A good summary, with links to Declan McCullagh's Politech site where an analysis suggests that Richard Boucher's interpretation of the Audio Home Recording Act.
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-REC Labels loosening up on CD copy locks
[2 hits, 2 votes, Average Rating 3.00] [Added: 3rd Sep 2002]

CNet News; John Borland; September 3, 2002. ZDNet News version

Last year, news that record companies were planning to add technology to CDs that would block people from making copies or MP3 files--and in many cases might even prevent playback on computers--sparked considerable controversy online, and even lawsuits.

Now major record labels themselves have put the brakes on the drive for copy protection, at least in the United States, even as record stores lobby for the locks to be added as soon as possible.

... But in the United States, the largest consumer market in the world, the silence on the issue is increasingly conspicuous. Universal Music, whose executives led the industry last year by saying they would copy-protect a significant proportion of their discs by this summer, has had only three relatively small releases.

... Others, such as BMG, are more blunt. Labels are leery of the consumer backlash that met even the first whispers of copy protection. Headlines since have not been friendly; reports have focused on cases where copy-protected CDs couldn't be played in PCs, in DVD players and PlayStation game machines and on suggestions they might even damage Apple Computer products.

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-REC Lawmaker Questions CD-Copying Protections
[1 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating -1.00] [Added: 7th Jan 2002]

NewsBytes; Robert MacMillan; January 7, 2002.
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-REC Media Advisory – SAFEAUDIO™ CD copy protection resistant to felt-tip marker circumvention
[1 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating -1.00] [Added: 3rd Jun 2002]

Macrovision WWW Site; Press Release; May 24, 2002.

The felt-tip pen hack may work on audio copy protection products that rely on the single data index copy protection technique. Macrovision’s SAFEAUDIO™ V3 is resistant to this hack approach because we have implemented a tunable multi-layer security solution, which is based upon multiple patent-pending technologies.

Of course, if a patent is pending, then eventually the technology will be known...
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-REC Music industry quietly unveiling copy-proof CDs
[1 hits, 5 votes, Average Rating 1.00] [Added: 1st Dec 2001]

www.modbee.com; D. Ian Hopper, UP; November 30, 2001. Read for the quotes. There's a Slashdot commentary: Next restricted CD Coming Soon
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-REC Philips Burning on Protection
[1 hits, 2 votes, Average Rating -1.00] [Added: 4th Feb 2002]

Wired.com; Paul Boutin; February 4, 2002. "Electronics manufacturer Philips has been fanning the flames in the fight over copy-protected music CDs, threatening to undermine the record industry's attempts to tinker with disc formats in order to thwart music pirates.

Could Philips take on the major labels and win? Yes, it could - but the company may only be hastening the death of the 20-year-old compact disc format." A different look

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-REC Philips Says Compact Discs Can't Be Copyprotected
[1 hits, 2 votes, Average Rating 4.00] [Added: 11th Jan 2002]

Slashdot.org; CmdrTaco; January 11, 2002. A stunning announcement - Philips, as the owner of the CD logo, declares that copyprotection violates the standard and, therefore, CDs with it cannot use the logo. This portends a brutal fight, with interesting implications about the efficiencies of using an established standard to save on distribution costs! With commentary and links.
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-REC Sony Intentionally Crashes Customers' Computers
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Slashdot.org; April 3, 2002. Amazing if true. Still looking for non-ephemeral links. For example the Amazon write up of the CD does not include their standard warning about protected CDs. However, CD Media World's WWW site does discuss how to workaround the Sony protection: Commercial CD Protections: Key2 Audio. It appears that there may be confirmation here in this New York Times CNet News article by Evan Hansen from April 4: Dion disc could bring PCs to a standstill - this article explains why the Amazon site doesn't list this as a protected CD; the protected form has only been released in Europe. Update: An article in MacUser UK seems to confirm this: Celine Dion Kills iMacs!. There's an updated Slashdot discussion as well, with other key links on Cactus DataShield: Post-it Notes vs. Copy-Inhibited CDs
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-REC Tripping the Rippers: Compromise for CD copying is in the works
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CNet News; John Borland; September 28, 2001. A marriage made in, well, heck. A concept that puts two versions of music on a CD - a Macrovision-type protected music tracks, and a Windows Media format copy of the files - a new extension of the Microsoft hegemony - there's a Slashdot discussion: Music Industry Forcing WMA Standard?
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-REC Universal Music Prepares for Copy-Protection Complaints
[1 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating 3.00] [Added: 17th Jan 2002]

Slashdot.org; January 17, 2002. A couple of links to the Universal WWW resources being set up to deal with potential customer complaints about their copy protection plans. Also, links to the earlier story on Slashdot, as well as community discussion. One particularly salient feature of this scheme: the player that you can use to play the CD on your computer ONLY works in Windows - and part of the download agreement requires you to agree not to reverse engineer the player.
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- Lawsuit challenges copy-protected CDs
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News.com; Reuters; June 16, 2002. Slashdot discussion: Lawsuit Challenges Copy-protected CDs - also a discussion at LawMeme: Consumers Take on the Music Industry
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-'Unrippable' Music CD? Impossible, Experts Say
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Newsbytes; Michael Bartlett; February 5, 2002.
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- E-Commerce AOL wants to lock up its CDs
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ZDNet News; Jum Hu; March 12, 2002. "AOL Time Warner is beginning efforts to add copy protection to CDs, underscoring the company's desire to limit unsanctioned digital distribution of its musical works."
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-A Meta List of Corrupt CD Links
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uazu.net - a list of informative links on corrupted CD formats for copy protection
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-A Sour Note for Mac Users
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Wired.com Andy Patrizio; May 14, 2002. " New copy protection technology for compact discs may be effective in preventing the poaching of music, but it's causing problems for Macintosh users. And Apple isn't doing much to help fix the problem.
...But at the bottom of the article is a disclaimer: 'CD audio discs that incorporate copyright protection technologies do not adhere to published Compact Disc standards.... Therefore, any attempt to use non-standard discs with Apple CD drives will be considered a misapplication of the product. Under the terms of Apple's One-Year Limited Warranty, AppleCare Protection Plan or other AppleCare agreement, any misapplication of the product is excluded from Apple's repair coverage.'"
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-Anti-piracy CD system rasies distribution furor
[1 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating 8.00] [Added: 26th Sep 2001]

New Scientist; Barry Fox; July 16, 2001. A description of the methods
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-Brit music indies want copy-protected CDs
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 21st Apr 2002]

The Register; John Leyden; April 19, 2002. 'AIM said it was looking to put forward copy protection technology that would be "endorsed by consumers" but wasn't able to give firm guarantees that anything it came up with would still allows buyers to play their CDs on PCs.'
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-Buyers fume over copy-protected CD
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 21st Nov 2001]

ZDNet News; John Borland; November 19, 2001. "Complaints about anti-copying technology have forced a record label to issue CD replacements for angry consumers--another setback for the music industry's stuttering campaign against record piracy." The Imbruglia CD again. The Talkback commentaries really drive home the point that the savvy buyer (and more and more buyers are savvy about ripping their own MP3s) is going to reject this strategy pretty thoroughly.....
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-Cactus Data Shield Tries Again
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Slashdot.org; February 12, 2002. More on Midbar, and their latest push/claims for their CD copy protection technology.
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-Campaign for Digital Rights CD Information
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 16th Oct 2001]

Campaign for Digital Rights WWW Site - a set of online resources, not only about CD copy protection but also about many issues in copyright today.
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-CD protesters take to the streets
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BBC News; Mark Ward; October 5, 2001
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-CD-Protection Complaint Is Settled
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New York Times; Amy Harmon; February 25, 2002. The Charley Pride copy protected CD must now be labeled as limited in its utility.
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-Consumers in the crossfire of labels' war on piracy
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Christian Science Monitor; Aaron Pressman; March 4, 2002. Basic background - but in another mainstream media outlet.
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-Copy protected discs may cause Mac booting problem
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 13th May 2002]

The New Scientist; New Scientist News Service; May 13, 2002. More on Celine's latest CD - 'The protection system used on the CDs causing this effect is key2audio, created by DADC, a subsidiary of Sony based in Austria. The system is used to protect a number of European music CDs, including Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come", Shakira's "Laundry Service" and "J To Tha L-O!" by Jennifer Lopez.'
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-Copy-protected CD makers lose battle
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ZDNet News; Lisa M. Bowman; February 22, 2002. A final ruling the the Charley Pride copy-protected CD ruckus. There's a Slashdot discussion: Lawsuit Over Crippled Charley Pride Music Disks Settled
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-Copy-protected CDs--not for Macs
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ZDNet News Gwendolyn Mariano; May 14, 2002. "Mac users may want to check the labels on their music CDs twice, as copy-protected audio discs flooding the market may lead to serious problems when they are played on some computer systems."
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-Could CD-copying actually be legal
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ZDNet News; John Borland; January 4, 2002. "Record companies' efforts to protect CDs against digital copying are beginning to draw scrutiny from lawmakers concerned that the plans might violate the law." The comments are lots of fun to read.
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-Dataplay Ready to Launch
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 21st Apr 2002]

Slashdot.org; April 20, 2002. A set of links and discussion of DataPlay, a new format for CDs - quoting the Slashdot article: "Let's see. This is a CD-like, CD-incompatible storage medium with lower storage capacity than a CD; copying, which is supported by CDs and permitted by fair-use laws is not possible; and it's more expensive than a CD. Read about this great idea here."
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-Dear Music Biz: Unchain My Melodies!
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Business Week; Stephen Baker; March 20, 2002. "Don't put absurd limits on how I use the CDs I buy. Instead, check Europe's cell-phone industry for creative use of digital technology"
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-Digital Entertainment Post-Napster: Music
[2 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 10th Nov 2002]

Technology Review; David Kushner; November 2002. A rundown of the technologies - unapologetic proponent of the technology
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-Digital right lobbyists picket UK record stores
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The Register; Kieren McCarthy; October 5, 2001 - with links
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-Don't Confuse Fans With Pirates
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Yahoo Internet Life; Roger Ebert; April 2, 2002. "Why do people grab music off the Net and download it to CDs, iPods, and other storage devices? Because they like it. They like it a lot. They like it enough to go to the trouble of obtaining it despite the various roadblocks. They are fans. Would they rather have a mint CD from Virgin or Tower, with the original cover art? Of course. Will they eventually be paying customers for the music they are currently sampling? In most cases, yes. Technically they are stealing, but in fact they are an instrumental part of the process by which a lot of real CDs get sold." Slashdot discussion: Ebert, Gillmor on the Music Industry - links and commentary
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-EFF urges support for Philip's stand on protected CDs
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The Register; John Lettice; February 11, 2002
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-Fat Chuck's Corrupt CDs Site
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www.fatchucks.com - a working list, with request for submissions.
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-Felten Follower Examines Crippled Music Disks
[2 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating 7.00] [Added: 21st Oct 2002]

Slashdot.org; October 21, 2002.

D4C5CE writes "Following in the footsteps of his famous professor, in his paper "Evaluating New Copy-Prevention Techniques for Audio CDs" (yes, that's pure PS), which is one of many interesting contributions to the 2002 ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management, Princeton student Alex Halderman takes apart (bit by bit, literally) the "tricks on tracks" employed by the music industry to frustrate fair use."

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-Hardware Review: Cactus Data Shield 200
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 2nd Feb 2002]

CDRInfo.com; January 2002. A description/review of a copy protection scheme - how it works, how you might beat it, etc. There's a Slashdot discussion: Anatomy of Cactus Data Shield; February 2, 2002
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-Honest, a Balky PC Is Not a Pop Star's Fault
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New York Times; John Schwartzl May 20, 2002. A little late to the party, the Times tries to add something to this now aged discussion.
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-House Rep's Rap: Unshackle the CD
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Wired.com; Declan McCullagh; March 7, 2002 - a member of the House of representatives wants to outlaw CD copy protection. Interview. Slashdot discussion: Anti-anti-CD Copying Legislation?
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-Israeli firm unveils the 'copy-proof' CD
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The Register; John Leyden; August 23, 2002.

The technology, called OpSecure from start-up firm Doc-Witness, features a smart card embedded within an optical disc, which can run on conventional PC CD or DVD drives.

However the embedded smart card, which is needed to decrypt the disc's content, will frustrate any attempts to copy the disc.

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-JVC claims 'uncopyable' CD-ROM
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ZDNet News; Matthew Broersma; August 30, 2002.

Consumer electronics maker JVC and games developer Hudson Soft have developed a new copy-protection technology that they claim will prevent CD-ROM discs from being copied, the companies said on Wednesday. The technology, called "Root", marks the latest effort by the computer industry to control software piracy through technical means.

The Root technology--so named because it is intended to prevent illegal copying "from the Roots up"--uses encryption keys, a method that has been tried in the past. The disc's contents are encrypted, so that it cannot be read without a "key" also placed on the disc. The innovation in this case is that the key is hidden in such a way that it can be read by any CD-ROM drive, but cannot be written by a CD-R/RW drive, so that a copied version of the disc would be unreadable.

The key is different for each disc, and is hidden in a different place each time, according to the companies.

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-Lawmaker: Legalize home CD burning
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 8th Jan 2002]

ZDNet News; Reuters; January 7, 2002. Rick Boucher strikes again st the Future of Music policy summit. LinuxToday has some related links for this story: CDNet: Lawmaker: Legalize home CD burning
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-Marker pens, sticky tape crack music CD protection
[2 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 14th May 2002]

The Register; John Leyden; May 14, 2002. Spy versus spy - an endless cycle renews inself once again. "Music disc copyright protection schemes such a Cactus Data Shield 100/200 and KeyAudio can be circumvented using tools as basic as marker pens and electrical tape, crackers have discovered."
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-More Copy Protected CDs?
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 12th Nov 2001]

Slashdot.org; CmdrTaco; November 11, 2001. With a list of possible protected CDs and a set of interesting commentaries; a look into the current RIPping culture....
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-Mysteries Of The CDRW and Back Ups Revealed
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Tom's Hardware; June 17, 2002. Slashdot discussion: Mysteries Of The CDRW and Backups Revealed
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-Natalie Imbruglia wins CD protection race
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The Register; Kieren McCarthy; November 9, 2001 - first copyright protected CD in the UK market
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-New CD protection won't play on PCs
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 6th Mar 2002]

ZDNet News; Gwendolyn Mariano; March 6, 2002. Midbar is getting ready to release some Cactus protected CDs in Japan
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-New CDs designed to end 'ripping'
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 28th Sep 2001]

ZDNet News; John Borland; September 28, 2001. "Anti-piracy features making their way onto CDs promise to dramatically alter the online music landscape, potentially handing Microsoft a potent weapon against the leading MP3 format and the other rivals in the high-stakes battle over digital-audio standards."
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-NSync CD is copy protection
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 2nd Oct 2001]

New Scientist; Barry Fox; October 2, 2001. Three different formats being tried. And a funny Slashdot discussion: NSync Copy Protected CD
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-Online CD Sales May Suffer Static
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Wired.com; Brad King; January 9, 2002. Between prices and copy protection, some are expecting that CD sales are going to develop poorly online.
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-Philips moves to put 'poison' label on protected audio CDs
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The Register; John Lettice; January 18, 2002 - see earlier statements in a related Slashdot link
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-Pirate-proof pop goes public
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BBC.co.uk; Mark Ward; November 12, 2001. Natalie Imbrugila's second album, White lilies Island, is supposedly protected by the Cactus Data Shield system developed by Midbar of Israel - and copies of the songs appeared on the Internet even before the album was released!
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-Rallying the Disc Patrol: Protection Schemes for CD and DVD
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EMedia Professional; Debbie Galante Block; December 1998. An old article, but a summary of statistics and explanation of the publisher's views both pro and con CD copy protection. There's an interesting postscript describing an offer by Dow Chemical to control a specific polymer to help control piracy.
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-Recording Honcho Presses Ahead
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Wired.com; Declan McCullagh; March 4, 2002. Copy protected CDs are the industy's plan for the future.
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-Sites keep tabs on copy-protected CDs
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 16th Nov 2001]

ZDNet News; John Borland; November 13, 2001. "A handful of Web sites are popping up to report sightings of copy-protected CDs, and already it's clear that there is far more confusion than solid information."
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-Sony Licenses InterTrust Copyright Protection Tech
[2 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 23rd May 2002]

,i>New York Times; Reuters; May 23, 2002. "Sony Corp (6758.T) said on Thursday it would pay InterTrust Technologies Corp (ITRU.O) $28.5 million to license the U.S. firm's technology for preventing unauthorized copying of digitized music."
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-Sounding off on behalf of copy protection
[2 hits, 4 votes, Average Rating 2.50] [Added: 28th Sep 2001]

CNet News; Gwendolyn Mariano; September 28, 2001. A Q & A with the head of SunnComm, a digital rights management company who sells technologies to limit copying of CDs 0 there's a Slashdot commentary as well: CD Copy Protection Head Speaks
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-Still More 'Copy Protected' CDs
[1 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 26th Sep 2001]

Slashdot; September 26, 2001 - with links and some really good commentary - especially a discussion on the meaning of the Phillips-owned CD logo
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-Suit filed against record firms
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LA Times; P.J. Huffstutter and Jon Healey; June 14, 2002.

Two California consumers have filed a class-action lawsuit against the major record companies, arguing that copy-protected CDs are defective products that should not be allowed on the market.

The case pits Universal Music Group, EMI Music Publishing, BMG Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and the Warner Music Group against the law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, which is famed—or, in some quarters, infamous -- for bringing class -- action cases that seek huge financial penalties.

Slashdot discussion: Another Class Action Over Crippled Music Disks
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-Techies crack 'copy-proof' CD
[2 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating 0.00] [Added: 20th May 2002]

ZDNet News; Reuters; May 20, 2002. The magic marker solution hits the major press wires.
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-Technology puts a lock on CDs
[1 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating 8.00] [Added: 26th Sep 2001]

BBC News; David Schepp; August 15, 2001
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-The Charley Pride CD
[1 hits, 1 votes, Average Rating 8.00] [Added: 26th Sep 2001]

A description of the Charley Pride CD copy protection scheme, MediaCloQ
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-UK Day of Action, October 6, 2001
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Homepage of protests; with materials and links
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-Universal plans protection for all CDs
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CNet News; Reuters Wire; September 25, 2001. "Vivendi Universal's Univeral Music Group plans to start issuing CDs in October with software that prevents music from being digitally copied into computer files."
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-Universal to Copyprotect All CDs
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Slashdot.org; December 18, 2001.
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