Welp, I just got back from a local computer store that carried the same media I bought online. As it turns out, it's made in Taiwan.
Evo69, if you're still curious about this:
For kicks, I tried flipping one over. I went to Nero and "started" to make a label and it it automatically selected the appropriate drive the disk was in and bing, bang, boom. No problems. I didn't finish the process, but I could see where it was writing the lightscribe portion and I'm sure it would have done so properly.
The result of putting in a different package (10 discs) to try and copy on the data side? The same thing. The media will cannot or will not be accessed by any software I use.
I called Liteon and the CSR I got was very defensive and said, "well if you've tried other media and it works, then it's not the drive."
At this point, I'm thinking this might be the case.
So, other than trying to upgrade the firmware to 4L16 which I will after asking a few more questions, does anyone know where I can get the same media, but made in a different locale?
OR the same TYPE of media, but from a different manufacturer?