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October 10, 2003 | From Reuters
Three days after a Princeton University graduate student posted a paper on his Web site detailing how to defeat the copy-protection software on a new music CD by pressing a computer key, the software maker said it would sue him. SunnComm Technologies Inc. said Alex Halderman reached "false conclusions" in the paper, which said SunnComm's MediaMax CD-3 software could be blocked by holding down the "shift" key on a computer keyboard as a CD using the software was inserted into a disc drive.
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October 10, 2003 | From Reuters
Three days after a Princeton University graduate student posted a paper on his Web site detailing how to defeat the copy-protection software on a new music CD by pressing a computer key, the software maker said it would sue him. SunnComm Technologies Inc. said Alex Halderman reached "false conclusions" in the paper, which said SunnComm's MediaMax CD-3 software could be blocked by holding down the "shift" key on a computer keyboard as a CD using the software was inserted into a disc drive.
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April 24, 2003 | Jon Healey
Macrovision Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., announced plans to incorporate software from Microsoft Corp. into its anti-piracy technology for music CDs. Macrovision's technology is designed to prevent songs from being "ripped" onto a computer and copied freely through Internet file-sharing services and the like. The Microsoft software adds scrambled song files that can be played on a computer and moved to selected portable devices but not duplicated further.
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October 8, 2003 | From Reuters
A Princeton graduate student said he had figured out a way to defeat new software intended to keep music CDs from being copied on a computer -- simply by pressing the Shift key. In a paper posted on his Web site, John Halderman said the MediaMax CD3 software developed by SunnComm Technologies Inc. could be defeated on computers running the Windows operating system by holding down the Shift key, disabling a Windows feature that automatically launches the encryption software on the disc.
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September 13, 2003 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
Record company BMG said Friday that it planned to release its first copy-protected compact disc in the United States this month in an attempt to deter music pirates from churning out multiple copies of CDs. The move by BMG, a Bertelsmann subsidiary whose artists include Elvis Presley and Alicia Keys, marks the start of what is expected to be a wave of copy-protected CDs from the labels, which blame unauthorized copying for the sharp drop-off in CD sales in the weeks after a record is released.
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November 28, 2003 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
As the cost of securing data against malicious attacks continues to escalate, big technology companies and security researchers are stepping up efforts to control the spread of information about software holes that make computers vulnerable to hackers. Yet they fear they are not moving fast enough to avert a wave of lawsuits and legislative action that could impose strict rules on corporate software buyers, criminalize the work of some security researchers or hold companies like Microsoft Corp.
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