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Non-technical way to copy protect an audio cd???

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I have googled as best as I can, and most sites I come with are too technical for me. For the ones that aren't too technical, there's always a stumbling block somewhere for me to follow thru on the instructions.

So is there any1 here who can please show me how to copy protect an audio cd/dvd. I know most or all copy-protection can be broken one way or another, but it'll serve the purpose for what I need this for. So... a very non-technical method to do this if you please.

Thank you


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RemyRAD Wed, 05/14/2008 - 00:19
This is truly a sore spot question.

There is no way to copy protect an audio CD. Sorry. Nope. No way. Keep dreaming.

Now on DVDs, there is "Macrovision". Macrovision is used on all commercial movie company DVDs. There are also other newer methods to help prevent DVD copying, digitally. But should you want to just have the soundtrack? There is nothing that prevents you from utilizing your analog audio outputs, on your DVD player, feeding it to the analog input of a sound card on a computer. Not even Macrovision can prevent you from doing that.

I can't wait to steal what's on your CD!
Ms. Remy Ann David

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pmolsonmus Wed, 05/14/2008 - 05:11
Keep it in a non Red Book format that has the files password protected?

Just curious, why would you want a copy protected CD?

The best way to keep it secure is to not get it into that format. The whole point of the format is that is can be playable anywhere (and it is smaller than a vinyl album)


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Member Wed, 05/21/2008 - 06:01
RemyRAD wrote: There is no way to copy protect an audio CD
But there are many sites online who say it can be done. While they say it is not full proof and can easily be broken, it at least adds some minimal restriction. An example is and

For the first site (freedom to tinker) the problem is that the version of N ero used there is old. I have a newer version and can't follow thru on the instructions.

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RMB Thu, 05/22/2008 - 10:59
I will pipe in as well with the answer of... if an "audio CD" is playable, you can copy it. Since the original format was not designed with todays technology in mind, to "copy protect" it now is impossible. Any stumbling blocks that you may be able to put in place, anyone who might actually want to duplicate your material will be able to easily, using any number of available methods.

If you are a little more forthcoming with what it is you are actually trying to do, someone here may have a suggestion of something else to try.

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DRDLKS Thu, 05/22/2008 - 13:55
Download the "Cup Holder" virus. Put it in as the first thing a cumputer will read. When it reads this it will open up the drive every time. Only thing is you cant play the CD on your computer when u do it. =)

Have to make a mixed use CD so you can play it in your car when you wanted.

My friend did this to one of our demoes. Dont know how he did it but it worked. We were thinking of doing this as a joke but never followed through with it.

Is a fun trick =)