Sony Disc Manufacturing just announced the expansion of its SecuROM
optical disc copy protection system to include anti-piracy encryption
for titles on CD-Recordable (CD-R) and DVD-ROM discs. SecuROM copy
protection for CD-ROM has been available since 1998 and has hundreds
of customers worldwide. The new additions establish SecuROM as the
complete copy protection solution for all aspects of a title's life
cycle from development and CD-R-based beta testing to replication and
distribution on either CD-ROM or the higher-capacity DVD-ROM format.
Sony will demonstrate SecuROM and key2data copy protection at E3, the
Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
The key2data copy protection solution for CD-R works through the
combination of a SecuROM encrypted executable, highly secure
SmartCard technology for safe user authentication and online Digital
Rights Management that governs fast and convenient title unlocking
via the Internet. key2data Digital Rights Management allows
publishers/developers to define and control access rights anytime via
a Web interface, as well as to track the disc's usage. Typical
applications for in-house created CD-R's using key2data are Beta test
and press preview discs or internal software version management.
SecuROM copy protection for manufactured DVD-ROM discs is similar to
its CD-ROM predecessor: it works through the combination of an
digital keycode applied to each disc and an authentication technology
that differentiates an original disc from an unauthorized copy, while
remaining completely transparent to the end user.
SecuROM uses the same tool for CD-R and DVD-ROM encryption that has
made its CD-ROM system popular with developers: the SecuROM Online
Encryption Toolkit. Encryption via the Internet can be completed in
minutes with just a single mouse click, further reducing time to
market with the supported in-house testing process.
SecuROM prevents illegal CD-R burning, hard disk recording, Internet
distribution, and piracy by mass replication. Unlike other copy
protection systems, SecuROM does not provide encryption through
unreadable sectors on the disc. This method results in highest
compatibility rates with disc drives on the market. SecuROM also uses
very little disc space, allowing software developers to take full
advantage of a disc's storage capacity.