This is not copy protected. It was a tape I bought from someone. It is the WWF Prime Time Wrestling show which aired in 1989. A few of my tapes have had these symptoms but usually my friends laptop method works and this time it did not. Anyways I mailed my tape to a guy in NY, I hope he gets it to work. The copy protected tapes just stop recording and a message pops up saying copy protected. Any other advice let me know. And if you can tell me how much this SIMA thing is, where I can get info on it and where I can purchase it let me know.