“As part of its mounting U.S. rollout of content-enhanced and copy-protected CDs, Sony BMG Music Entertainment is testing technology solutions that bar consumers from making additional copies of burned CD-R discs,” Reuters reports. “Since March the company has released at least 10 commercial titles — more than 1 million discs in total — featuring technology from U.K. anti-piracy specialist First4Internet that allows consumers to make limited copies of protected discs, but blocks users from making copies of the copies.”
Reuters reports, “The concept is known as ‘sterile burning.’ And in the eyes of Sony BMG executives, the initiative is central to the industry’s efforts to curb casual CD burning… 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… Among the biggest headaches: Secure burning means that iPod users do not have any means of transferring tracks to their device, because Apple Computer has yet to license its FairPlay DRM for use on copy-protected discs.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Is this a nice Statue of Liberty play (desperate trickery or misdirection) against Apple by Sony BMG or just another type of CD that consumers should refuse to purchase? If people bought these discs in numbers could it pressure Apple to license FairPlay?