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Posted by billgerat on 10-08-2003 01:37 AM:

Want to defeat copywrite protection on a CD? Hold the shift key down.

CD-copy protection system said to have simple flaw
Tuesday October 7, 2:21 pm ET
By Ben Berkowitz


LOS ANGELES, Oct 7 (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. (OTC BB:STEH.OB - News) 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 time (they played the disc) that 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.

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Posted by Vegas on 10-08-2003 04:15 AM:

Man, I love people like this.

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Posted by RiZZ on 10-08-2003 04:53 AM:

hahahah

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Posted by Cruise Director on 10-08-2003 07:39 AM:

so we've gone from sharpie pen to holding down the shift key. Next stop will be to merely think about disabling encryption.

Technology = win


Posted by Weasel Spoor on 10-08-2003 11:08 AM:

Bleh. My pink slip comes ever closer.


Posted by philjit on 10-08-2003 01:05 PM:

copywrite?


Posted by Mugtoe on 10-08-2003 01:09 PM:

quote:
Originally posted by Weasel Spoor
Bleh. My pink slip comes ever closer.



You can come stay with me, puddin.
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Posted by Dreamengineer on 10-08-2003 01:45 PM:

copy shite more like
dont install windows rights management cos it lock out all your cracked warez and music!
the you have to re-install the whole damn thing......

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Posted by billgerat on 10-08-2003 01:59 PM:

quote:
Originally posted by Phil
copywrite?


My bad. I was trying to write with a wriggly 5 month old child under one arm.
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Posted by mudded on 10-08-2003 02:07 PM:

what is this windows rights management?


Posted by Vegas on 10-08-2003 02:23 PM:

quote:
Originally posted by Weasel Spoor
Bleh. My pink slip comes ever closer.


Well, if the hugeass company you worked for ever hired some dorks to defeat your technology, you wouldn't get your hopes up every time a new "feature" is released. Seriously, downloading and ripping is permanent, they need to get over it.
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Posted by shyloh on 10-08-2003 04:31 PM:

quote:

"We were fully aware that if someone held down the Shift key the first and every subsequent time (they played the disc) that the technology could be circumvented," BMG spokesman Nathaniel Brown told Reuters, adding the company "erred on the side of playability and flexibility."



yeah, ok.
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Posted by Dreamengineer on 10-08-2003 05:11 PM:

quote:
Originally posted by mudded
what is this windows rights management?


read here winblowz shite management

thats the plug in version for IE
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Posted by Dingle on 10-08-2003 07:36 PM:

autorun is a retarded 'feature' anyway. probably a nice security risk too. you can disable it in the registry somewhere - search hkey_local_machine for a value of 'autorun' and change it from 1 to 0

edit: theres more than one autorun value, the one you want is
hkey_local_machine > system > currentcontrolset > services > cdrom

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Posted by Nutrimentia on 10-09-2003 04:03 AM:

Mac users win again!

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Posted by Dingle on 10-09-2003 06:18 AM:

mac users never win

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Posted by philjit on 10-09-2003 07:39 AM:

quote:
Originally posted by Weasel Spoor
Bleh. My pink slip comes ever closer.


people copying cd's they bought themselves under the principle of "fair use" is going to result in you losing your job? Didn't your lot say the same thing when tape came out as well? Oh I forgot, "fair use" does not exist anymore, the new principle is that if you "rip" a cd you are a priori intending to illegally distribute it on the Internet.


Posted by Weasel Spoor on 10-09-2003 10:19 AM:

Oh just fuck off Phil, you and your white label hugging all property is theft underground blah blah blah sphincter twitching crap.

People have been sued for downloading material off the internet. Copyright material for free. So whatever you may think of copyright law in general, this is still illegal.

No-one as far as I am aware, has been sued for ripping a CD they own at home and keeping it for personal use.

Which is what this software was supposed to allow, without letting people bung it onto a filesharer and let the whole world have the music for one payment of 15.


Posted by macker on 10-09-2003 11:48 AM:

quote:
Originally posted by Phil
people copying cd's they bought themselves under the principle of "fair use" is going to result in you losing your job?


Incidently, and I only found this out recently, the concept of fair use does not exist in UK copyright law. So yes, it *is* in fact illegal to rip all your CD's to mp3's in the UK and with some new legislation that's being introduced, the penalties for doing so have just got a whole lot harsher.
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Posted by splAt on 10-09-2003 12:26 PM:

Weasel Spoor is saved!

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Posted by Weasel Spoor on 10-09-2003 03:08 PM:

Now I only have to worry about my gross incompetence doing me out of a job.


Posted by skalie on 10-09-2003 03:11 PM:

quote:
Originally posted by macker
Incidently, and I only found this out recently, the concept of fair use does not exist in UK copyright law. So yes, it *is* in fact illegal to rip all your CD's to mp3's in the UK and with some new legislation that's being introduced, the penalties for doing so have just got a whole lot harsher.


So I have to carry around 120 CD's when I could carry around just as much music 10 CD's of MP3's.

What a bollocks law.


Posted by philjit on 10-09-2003 03:33 PM:

skalie, it would only be a bollocks law if macker were right, and sadly he is only half right and the part upon which he is wrong is the important part. The part he is right about is to say that the concept of "fair use" does not exist in UK copyright law. Where however he is hopelessly wrong (and his comment fall flat on the arse of total bullshit) is that it is illegal to rip a cd for private use in the UK. You see, whilst "fair use" does not exist in the UK "fair dealing" does (please see Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988, Chapter III Section 29 Sub-section 1 for detail).

edit: I would be most interested in knowing the title of this "new legislation" that macker refers to as well. The reason I say that is because the Act mentioned above has not been ammended since it was created and remains the law in the UK. Copying copyrighted material for private use is legal.... it only becomes illegal when you start selling, ditributing or whatever.


Posted by Weasel Spoor on 10-09-2003 03:53 PM:

quote:
Originally posted by Phil
. Copying copyrighted material for private use is legal.... it only becomes illegal when you start selling, ditributing or whatever.


Absolutely, and this is the only time the various trade bodies representing the music industry has taken action.


Posted by philjit on 10-09-2003 03:55 PM:

Yes Weaselspoor. The issue though surely is that by implementing cd-copy protection (albeit flawed anyway but that can no doubt be fixed) in the UK the companies are effectively breaching the "fair dealing" right of the legal consumers of said copyright'd material. i.e. your bosses and whoever should be trying to either get the law ammended in relation to "fair dealing" or not produce cd-copy protected cd's for the UK market.


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