New copy protection

An email I received…

Music Industry Unveils New Piracy-Proof Format: A Black, Plastic Disc With Grooves On It

Music bosses have unveiled a revolutionary new recording format that they hope will help win the war on illegal file sharing which is thought to be costing the industry millions of dollars in lost revenue. Nicknamed the ‘Record’, the new format takes the form of a black, vinyl disc measuring 12 inches in diameter, which must be played on a specially designed ‘turntable’.

“We can state with absolute certainty that no computer in the world can access the data on this disc,” said spokesman Brett Campbell. “We are also confident that no-one is going to be able to produce pirate copies in this format without going to a heck of a lot of trouble. This is without doubt the best anti-piracy invention the music industry has ever seen.”

As part of the invention’s rigorous testing process, the designers gave some discs to a group of teenage computer experts who regularly use file swapping software such as Limewire and gnutella and who admit to pirating music CDs. Despite several days of trying, none of them were able to hack into the disc’s code or access any of the music files contained within it.

“It’s like, really big and stuff,” said Doug Flamboise, one of the testers. “I couldn’t get it into any of my drives. I mean, what format is it? Is it, like, from France or something?”

In the new format, raw audio data in the form of music is encoded by physically etching grooves onto the vinyl disc. The sound is thus translated into variations on the disc’s surface in a process that industry insiders are describing as ‘completely revolutionary’ and ‘stunningly clever.’

To decode the data stored on the disc, the listener must use a special player which contains a ‘needle’ that runs along the grooves on the record surface, reading the indentations and transforming the movements back into audio that can be fed through loudspeakers.

Even Shawn Fanning, the man who invented Napster, admits the new format will make file swapping much more difficult. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” he told reporters. “How does it work?”

As rumors that a Taiwanese company has been secretly developing a 12 inch wide, turntable -driven, needle-based, firewire drive remain unconfirmed, it would appear that the music industry may, at last, have found the pirate-proof format it has long been searching for.

Sorry but i’ve managed to find a way around it, at first i tried putting the “record” in the oven to getting it shrink down to the same size as a cd, but once at this size not even my Toshiba DVD ROM drive would read it.
But then i noticed on a ancient piece of technology belonging to my parents it had one these turntalbe things and a phono output which i was cunningly able to connect to my pc soundcard, now without any problems i am able to make backup’s of those lovely des o’conor records…:bigsmile:

It’s a nice try,but who’s actually gonna buy the hardware for home using…???:bigsmile: :bigsmile:
Not me…I stick with the cd format…(or dvd,in the near future…:stuck_out_tongue: )

It’s obviously a perfect protection. No-one will buy one of these “records” since no-one has or will bother to buy the equipment necessary to play them. Accordingly, no-one will ever make pirate copies.LOL

It’s just such a crying shame that neither the record companies nor the artists will make any money :bigsmile: Ah well, at least the record co. execs won’t have to vent their spleens at the thought that someone has obtained their copyright music without paying for it:rolleyes: .

Gee, why does this story sound so fake:bigsmile: I guess it is a metaphor for all that is wrong in the music business.

Originally posted by roadworker
It’s a nice try,but who’s actually gonna buy the hardware for home using…???:bigsmile: :bigsmile:
Not me…I stick with the cd format…(or dvd,in the near future…:stuck_out_tongue: )

ummm…i think its mean to be a joke mate

Originally posted by Huzzy

ummm…i think its mean to be a joke mate [/B]

My reply too…;)…who needs a turntable in the DIGITAL era…LOL…:bigsmile: :bigsmile:

i’ve got one, it’s 15 years old and it Rocks!!!
Like the format very much, only there seems to be a way to get around this protection:
You plug the turntable to a cassete recorder (or tape recorder) and after you let the needle go down on the disc you push the rec button.

I’m feeling old. I still have the hardware hooked up to my stereo.

It’s been hooked up like that for 18 years. It still plays great.
Cover art took a nose dive when CD’s came out.

I bought my 1st CD player in 1986. It cost $400.00

Have a turntable but no media :frowning: