May 31, 2005

Sony Continues To Seek Losing Strategies [2:39 pm]

Getting in bed with WMA — now < b>there’s a solution: Sony tests anti-CD burning technology [pdf]

part of its mounting United States rollout of content-enhanced and copy-protected CDs, Sony BMG is testing technology that bars consumers from making additional copies of burned CD-R discs.

Since March the company has released at least 10 commercial titles - more than 1 million discs in total, featuring technology from UK anti-piracy specialist First4Internet that allows consumers to make limited copies of protected discs, but blocks users from making copies of the copies.

[...] Under the new solution, tracks ripped and burned from a copy-protected disc are copied to a blank CD in Microsoft’s Windows Media Audio format.

The DRM embedded on the discs bars the burned CD from being copied.

And, of course, it still won’t work

Later: Sony BMG tests technology to limit CD burning

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