Anyone seen this?
Authorized Backup Copying is Made Easier by StarForce Technologies
M3/Replitech conference, AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - July 1, 2002 - During the technical session "Advanced Topics in Digital Content Delivery", StarForce Technologies, a provider of copy protection systems for software distributed on CD-ROM/CD-Rs, announced a technical solution for legal backup copying issues for users who wish to make a backup copy of their purchased software.
The StarForce Backup System distinguishes between a legal and an illegal user and can provide the legal user with an opportunity to make a back-up copy of software that has been copy protected. The system was designed to provide backup capability for applications protected by StarForce Professional and CD-R copy protection systems. It ties an application to a user's computer and allows running a protected application without the original protected CD identification procedure. A user does not have to use the original protected CD to run the application, only a copy of the CD in the CD-drive. But if a motherboard or CPU is replaced, a user will have to use the original protected CD to run the application again.
Not all users want to make a backup copy and that's probably why some protection technologies providers decided to take away that right since they don't have an effective mechanism in place to track the number of copies made by a user.
Making a back-up copy using the StarForce Backup System is possible by contacting a technical support specialist from the vendor or publisher of the software. Only a designated specialist can track or authorize the number of copies made by a user and check the CD identity. A publisher, a manufacturer, or any provider of technical support can identify a CD by a CD key number, store receipt and any other purchase related ID (such as it may be a special mark or sticker on a CD container) and provide a legal user with a backup code for software backup copying. The number of copies can be limited from one to any amount selected by a publisher or manufacturer. Limiting the copies makes a user keep the original CD in case of computer modification.
StarForce Technologies is working hard to protect manufacturers' and publishers' rights but are also aiming to increase customer satisfaction. In all fairness, there should be a way to make one backup copy for each legally owned CD. Technical means are provided by StarForce Technologies and now it is the time for publishers and manufacturers to make the final 'rightful' decision. ...StarForce Technologies profile
Taken from http://www.storagesearch.com/cdrw.html