Posters Name: Kagato
Posters Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Sony CD + Black Marker = Copy Away
Well, this one falls into the realm of "I don't condone this, but for those who like to copy". Apparently Sony's "Key2Audio" technology (i.e. the CD copy protection that prevents you from ripping tracks) has been defeated by a simple black felt tip marker. Here's a snip from the story:
LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) - Technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music's (Tokyo:6758.T - News) elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker.Perhaps one of the funniest things about the whole incident is from an alt.music.prince.read poster (I didn't realize people still use Newsgroups) who asked "I wonder what type of copy protection will come next?Maybe they'll ban markers."
Internet newsgroups have been circulating news of the discovery for the past week, and in typical newsgroup style, users have pilloried Sony for deploying "hi-tech" copy protection that can be defeated by paying a visit to a stationery store.