OK - the most relevant part of copy protected CDs such as Eminem’s latest release is that they won’t play in your computer CD drive - they’ll only read on your discman or dedicated CD audio deck.
Stop me if I’m missing something here, but
What’s to stop you running a line out of your CD audio earphone / speaker socket, and running it into the Line In of your sound card…
Then record the entire CD to hard disk as a virtually lossless wav file.
Then burn the wav to CDR directly.
Or convert to mp3 for posting on grokster / kazaa etc.
That whole process shouldn’t take much longer than an hour.
Ergo copy protection would only make a difference to someone who doesn’t have all of the following:
Discman / stereo
PC with soundcard
600Mb disk space
double-ended audio cable
The latter is easy to obtain or make.
So what’s the point of copy protection?