Copy Protection: Worthless

from the well,-duh dept

I'm sure this will not surprise many readers here, but CD copy protection is "worthless". That's the official word from a Princeton computer scientist. The article explains how the popular copy proofing systems works, and points out that simple modifications get around the copy protection easily. Of course, he's wrong about one thing. The systems aren't "worthless". They actively cost the music industry money, which they pass on to us by raising the price of CDs even higher. And, then they blame the internet when no one buys their music.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Nov 2002 @ 12:21am

    techies always claim a borderless world but...

    DVD's, for example, have the bulletproof "regional codes" which prevent foreign movies from being viewable.

    When they come out with blue-laser or MP7 music discs a few years down the road, what's to prevent them from finding some other hardware-based "regional" encoding scheme, to jack up sales?

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