Posted by Oze Parrot on 30th October 2005
Copy protection, also known as copy prevention, is any technical measure designed to prevent duplication of information.
From a technical standpoint, it would seem theoretically impossible to completely prevent users from making copies of the media they purchase, as long as a “writer” is available that can write to blank media.
The basic technical fact is that all types of media require a “player” such as a CD player, DVD player, or video game console, to give some examples.
The player has to be able to read the media in order to display it to a human. In turn, then, logically, a player could be built that first reads the media, and then writes out an exact copy of what was read, to the same type of media.
Even though complete protection from piracy of content is difficult, a person can get copyrights to register a legal claim to the said content. The owner of the product or information is able to enforce a legal proceeding upon breach of copyright law of their CD or DVD compilation.
Typically, a work must meet minimal standards of originality in order to qualify for a copyright, and the copyright expires after a set period of time if not extended.
Different countries impose different tests, although generally the requirements are low; in the United Kingdom there has to be some ‘skill, originality and work’ which has gone into it. However, even fairly trivial amounts of these qualities are sufficient for determining whether a particular act of copying constitutes an infringement of the author’s original expression.
In the United States, copyright has relatively recently been made automatic, which has had the effect of making it more like a property right. Thus, as with property, a copyright need not be granted or obtained through official registration with the government.
Once such an expression is secured in a fixed medium (such as a music CD, or DVD movie), the copyright holder is prepared to enforce his or her exclusive rights.
However, while a copyright need not be officially registered for the author to begin exercising their exclusive rights, registration of works does have its benefits: serving as evidence of a valid copyright and enabling the copyright holder to seek statutory damages and attorney’s fees (whereas registering after an infringement only enables one to receive actual damages and profits).
To get copyrighted for your CD or DVD you will follow these directions:
1.Register all original work songs, films, scripts, artwork, software, etc. with a Copyright Office. You automatically own the rights to your creation, but registering it with the Copyright Office is the best way to prove and protect your ownership.
2.Submit a completed an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) form.
Include copies of the following licenses:
- Master Use License (if your audio project contains samples or whole songs of previously released recordings)
- User Distribution License (if you are using someone else’s software on your disc)
Note: Owners of all rights to music you use should be credited on your artwork (for music CDs) or in the on-screen credits (for films on DVD).
For more details visit our websites at: CD Hunter