Shifting around CD copy protection

John Halderman has found a way around BMG’s CD copy protection — hold down the Shift key. Its fitting of a Sandra Bullock movie.

According to Halderman, the copy protection, provided by SunnComm Technologies, works as the CD is inserted into a PC, and the CD’s “Autorun” loads software preventing the CD from being copied. Holding down the Shift key when you insert the CD temporarily disables the Autorun function.

“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. (We) erred on the side of playability and flexibility.”
— BMG spokesman Nathaniel Brown

… just so you know.


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