On a protected CD you should notice a thin shiny band about 2mm thick. This signifies the start of the 2nd or perhaps 3rd session or just to keep it simple, the data track that so inconsiderately messes with your CD ROM drive. If you mark through this ever so carefully with a felt tipped pen in about 4 places equally spaced out around the band, your CD ROM should not be able to read the data and therefore instead of getting lost in the data track, skip straight to the audio. The only CD I have tried this on is Dave Matthews Band’s new CD Busted Stuff. And my basic reaction to this protection is…why? I don’t use original cd’s. Pretty much the only place I listen to CD’s is in my car and since my car got broken into, I don’t keep anything in there but burned copies. At any rate, this pen trick will allow you to rip and back up your CD for your own personal use. I personally recommend using a dry erase marker…it is a little less permanent if you screw up, and well, nobody is perfect. I had to erase mine about 4 times before I finally got it right, because I kept getting a little bit on track 11 and it wouldn’t rip. So be careful, be legal, and most of all…back up your CD’s…there’s no reason they should be able to take that away from you.