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So… how do you tell who really made a piece of media? The short answer is: you don’t.
It’s tempting to believe that CD-R media identifier applications (e.g. section (6-2-9)) will give you the answer you need. Unfortunately, the data you get is unreliable at best. Charles Palmer, from cd-recordable.com, had this to say about the manufacturer identification:
"Two components that many users of these programs always take as gospel are Media Manufacturer and Dye Data. These two readings are next to worthless.
The reason for this is that many CD-R manufacturers (like CD- Recordable.com) purchase their stampers (the nickel die that all CD-R substrates are molded from) from 3rd party sources. These 3rd party sources (either other disc manufacturers, or mastering houses) encode the data that these ‘Identification’ programs read, at the time that the original glass master is encoded. The ‘Manufacturer’ information that is encoded is usually the name of the company that made the master. Since stampers made from that master will be sold to disc manufacturers the world over, all of discs that those manufacturers produce from those stampers will contain the same ‘Manufacturer’ information. Information which is obviously quite erroneous and irrelevant. Very seldom will the ‘manufacturer’ information encoded on a CD-R actually tell you anything other than who made the original master. […]
The second piece of data (the dye type) is also dubious. Because most master/stamper configurations are designed to be matched to specific dye types (Phthalocyanine, Cyanine, Azo, Etc), the ‘Dye’ information that is encoded when the master is produced indicates the type of dye that the master was designed for. This of course, does not assure that the manufacturer that buys and uses this stamper will be using it with the dye that it has been designed for. It is quite possible that a stamper/dye combination is used by a CD-R manufacturer that contradicts the ‘dye’ information encoded on the master. Therefore that information becomes as potentially misleading as the ‘Manufacturer’ data discussed earlier."
The only reliable piece of information in the “ATIP” region is the disc length. See section (2-38) for further remarks.