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Appeared on: Tuesday, June 13, 2000
Macrovision's SafeDisc licensed to key mastering equipment providers

"...Macrovision Corporation announced today the licensing of its SafeDisc CD-ROM Copy Protection technology to Media Morphics (the Pre-Mastering Business unit of Toolex International N.V.), Optical Disc Corporation (ODC) and Eclipse Data Technologies.

SafeDisc is comprised of an authenticating digital signature embedded on the CD-ROM disc, an encryption wrapper, and an anti-hacking technology that secures the CD-ROM executable. The patented SafeDisc digital signature cannot be copied by standard CD-R drives. SafeDisc is a turnkey solution that allows the publisher to add encryption during the normal pre-mastering process, and to QA the encrypted gold disc. SafeDisc options are also available from the major data verification and test equipment vendors to support large volume production. This makes SafeDisc the complete CD-ROM copy protection solution, from pre-mastering to final product shipment. SafeDisc has demonstrated over 99% compatibility with existing PC CD-ROM hardware and software worldwide, and was determined by Philips Electronics to be the only Yellow Book-compliant copy protection technology.

Macrovision recently announced the production release of SafeDisc HD for the application software market. SafeDisc HD frees the user from authenticating using the CD-ROM at the time of launch but instead requires the original disc to be periodically re-authenticated according to parameters established by the publisher..."



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