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  posted on 10/7/2003 at 03:30 PM
remember last year when the 16 year kid defeated another type of copy protection with a black magic marker? This is even cheaper and just shows how inane the majors can get


Simple Flaw in CD - Copy Protection System?
Published: October 7, 2003
Filed at 3:04 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Princeton graduate student said on Monday
that he has figured out a way to defeat new software intended to
keep music CDs from being copied on a computer -- simply by pressing
the Shift-key.

In a paper posted on his Web site late Monday, John Halderman said
the MediaMax CD3 software developed by SunnComm Technologies Inc.
(STEH.OB) could be defeated on computers running the Windows
operating system by holding down the Shift key, disabling a Windows
feature that automatically launches the encryption software on the
disc.

Halderman said the protection could also be disabled by stopping the
driver the CD installs when it is first inserted into a computer's
drive.

Computers running Linux and older versions of the Mac operating
system are unable to run the software and are able to copy the disc
freely, he said.

The CD in question, Anthony Hamilton's ``Comin' From Where I'm
From,'' was released by BMG's Arista label in late September. Music
retailers praised the release, which BMG touted as a breakthrough in
the industry's efforts to prevent music piracy.

``SunnComm's claims of robust protection collapse, when subjected to
scrutiny, and their system's weaknesses are not only academic,''
Halderman said in the report.

A spokesman for SunnComm was not immediately available to comment on
the report. A spokesman for BMG, a unit of Bertelsmann AG (BERT.UL),
said the company viewed the software as a ``speed bump'' to prevent
mass piracy of the disc.

``We were fully aware that if someone held down the Shift key the
first and every subsequent timethat the technology could be
circumvented,'' BMG spokesman Nathaniel Brown told Reuters, adding
the company ``erred on the side of playability and flexibility.''
Halderman, who has previously done research on CD copy-protection
techniques and their effects on consumer sentiment, called the
latest protection attempts into question.

``CD copy-prevention schemes that (depend) solely on software, as
SunnComm's does, will be trivial to disable, and alternative
strategies that modify the CD data format will invariably cause
public outcry over incompatibility with legitimate playback
devices,'' Halderman said.

The music industry has blamed piracy and online file sharing
services for a prolonged slump in CD sales. Software like that from
SunnComm has been seen as a way to slow down the tide of CDs being
ripped into digital format and uploaded to the file sharing
platforms.



-----------what next, disabling your shift key via the DCMA?

 

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  posted on 10/7/2003 at 03:47 PM
HA! Revenge of the Shift Key!

i use Nero Burning ROM and everytime i put in ANY type of cd (obviously mostly live ones) it trys to tell me that it is copywrited....you just need to hit the "back" button then go back in.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2003 at 04:14 PM
I use Nero too and it always SAYS that, but it never actually prevents me from burning it. Pretty strange.

This is getting ridiculously insane...

 

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  posted on 10/7/2003 at 04:19 PM
Huh, I use Nero too and have never got that message.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2003 at 05:47 PM

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Huh, I use Nero too and have never got that message.


Me neither.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2003 at 07:28 PM
i'm on version 5 (on this computer, i seem to recall and upgrade in the recent past but am not sure what box it's running on)....
you guys?
it's not a big deal, most times i don't have to do anything but everytime before the burn starts it goes on the log screen that "this cd is copyrighted" and sometimes it will not let me continue.

 

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