Record company prepares to sell copy-protected CDs

    Date11 Dec 2000
    CategoryCryptography
    4140
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Country music record company Fahrenheit Entertainment said it will begin selling copy-protected CDs by early next year using encryption technology from SunnComm, a little-known company based in Phoenix. If successfully employed, SunnComm's technology could become the first to hamper the copying . . . Country music record company Fahrenheit Entertainment said it will begin selling copy-protected CDs by early next year using encryption technology from SunnComm, a little-known company based in Phoenix. If successfully employed, SunnComm's technology could become the first to hamper the copying of CDs onto the Internet--a practice described as one of the music industry's greatest obstacles in its war against piracy. Nearly all of the music shared on the Internet through programs such as Napster comes from CDs, which can easily be copied, or "ripped," as MP3 files.

    SunnComm said that the technology will also prevent people from copying, or "burning," albums onto other CDs but would not block them from recording songs onto cassette tapes.

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