It appears that Sony is the latest company to attempt to curb CD piracy: Sony has been trialing a new anti-piracy music CD, developed with ‘sterile burning’ technology from UK firm first4internet. These music CDs would have an embedded DRM (Digital Rights Management) system, which would allow no copies of copies made of the disc. In addition, the user will only be able to make a limited number of copies of the disc. Sony has plans to immediately release ten titles to test this scheme, but has refused to elaborate on which ones.
It’s easy to be a little pessimistic about the success of the scheme though: anyone remember the Episode 1 soundtrack which had a similar system? Took less than a week for people to figure out it could be ‘hacked’ with a black marker.