Sony tests CD protection technology

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Sony Entertainment has just introduced new form of compact discs that feature First4Internet's XCP copy protection technology. XCP is also known as Extended Copy Protection technology that is expected to control piracy on a simple level with regular users.

First4Internet suggested that its XCP technology is not designed to prevent piracy from dedicated crackers, as they will eventually find a way to break such technology over a period of time. XPC, however, is designed to limit the number of copies by regular users who don't have the time or the patience to find a way to disarm the protection. First4Internet said its technology will slow down piracy overtime.

First4Internet said it first introduced its technology for corporate users that wanted to stop the leakage of their sensitive data. However, the new product is designed for consumers. "Now we have a product for the consumer market," said Mathew Gilliat-Smith, CEO, First4Internet.

Smith said the goal of the XCP technology is work with record labels and help them in better controlling the amount of copies made per user. He agreed that copying CDs for fair/personal use is acceptable, however, certain users exceed that limit. Now, he said, record labels and other software developers have the capability to limit the number of burns per CD. He further stated that record labels and others could control various aspects of copying, such as the quality of music at which the data is burned onto the new CD - in addition the number of burns.

The company said its technology is backwards compatible. Sony added that it has shipped approximately two millions compact discs that are equipped with XCP.

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