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November 11: Sony suspends CD copy protection

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Jeffrey Powers

Madison, WI

Description: For the Tech History Geek in all of us

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November 11: Sony suspends CD copy protection

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2005 - In an effort to curb piracy, record companies began putting copy protection on the CD’s themselves.  The electronic marking would cause CD’s to error out if they tried to copy. Unfortunately this idea was riddled with problems. Some players couldn’t read the disks, other people would find ways around the copy protection, such as different brand drives. However, it was found that the XCP copy protection standard became a backdoor for hackers as viruses could be introduced through the software.

The announcement came ten days after Sony had secretly put this system on the shelves.

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