HI there jpnski
Have not heard from you in a long time !
OK here it goes,
First off why have you not yet updated the clone to the latest version 220.127.116.11 ?
The ability of defeating the SD2.8X in clone was first introduced in the NON PUBLIC version of Clone 18.104.22.168 which futureproof was using for a while.
Soon after when the 22.214.171.124 was released backing up the SD2.8x when the sector Emulation was introduced, was very much possible. Provided that you have the right equipment which you do.
Keep in mind while Liteon Burners are good burners, they are not the best readers, they are just average. Make sure you adjust the error correction method in CCD to hardware and change it from a default setings which is software as the liteons do have the error correction capacity built in with in their Mediatek chipset.
Having a reliable reader such as LTD-165H (Liteon DVD ) or equivalent makes a monumental difference in the overall result wheather you decide to burn the image from the HDD or on-the-fly as these are exceptinally good accurate readers.
Granted some people might find the interface of the Clone CD 4.x a bit too much but in order to understand the profiles you have to have a good understanding of the protections and their nature and what you would anticipate to encounter.
Having some idea of the above then you can alter the read and write profiles in any which was you want and then the correct backup (SD2.8X) in this case is more probable.
Keep in mind that when you do upgrade your CCD to the latest version you would also need to do the same for your profiles.
You can look here for some updated profiles that you can use with the new version 126.96.36.199
Also make sure that you untick the Amplify the weak sectors in the property menu of your liteon burner, they do not need it and chances are the final copy would not work.
Remember that the correct profile setup for SD2.8X is identical to SD2.X with the difference that you have to make a change in the WRITE PROFILE ! under the write settings properties of your burner just before you start writing.
You need to change the weak sector choices to EMULATE and then you can continue with the burn.
If the worse come to worse and you are not happy or not to clear then just choose the default Game profile ( DO NOT EDIT THIS PRFILE IN ANY WAY LEAVE IT AS DEFAULT) shotgun approach.
Again with the release of CCD 188.8.131.52 the FES engine has been significantly improved from the previous versions in which when it is scanning the disk as it reads it, it can determine the some types of protection and automatically apply the necessary counter measures for it. This option is new and the millage might vary from reader to reader but by far an innovative step.
Keep in mind that Current version of CCD is not yet to correctly back up the very new SECUROM 4.X who knows maybe the next version . . .
Hope this would be of some help.