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Student Defeats New Copy Protection Software
October 10, 2003
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Last month an album by the artist Anthony Hamilton was released with new copy protection software. SunnComm Technologies in one of several companies working on ways to prevent consumers from having the ability to “rip” their legally purchased audio CD’s to the MP3 format.

John Halderman, a student of Princeton University, published a paper on his webpage a few days ago that explained how to defeat the SunnComm anti-copy software. Where previous protection schemes have needed high tech devices like felt tipped magic markers to beat, this one needs no tools at all. When placed into a computer running the Windows operating system, the anti-copy software is installed via windows auto-run feature.

Halderman, who is seeking his Ph.D. published that pressing the shift key while the inserting the CD tells widows not to auto-run it. Initially SunnComm was very upset about this being disclosed. Company CEO Peter Jacobs said, “We feel we were the victim of an unannounced agenda and that the company has been wronged.” The companies shares dropped nearly 10 million dollars in value after this was releaved. SunnComm had stated that they would be seeking civil and perhaps criminal charges against Halderman. They also had claimed that he may have violated the infamous D.M.C.A.

Early on Friday however SunnComm began singing a different tune. They announced to CNET that they will not be suing Halderman after all. They gave no reasons but the threat of suits against the student had attracted a lot of attention is a short period of time. Groups like the E.F.F. had spoke out vocally against and actions being taken against the student.

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