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CD-maker to sell Macrovision copy protection

Bertelsmann-owned Sonopress, one of the largest CD manufacturing concerns in the world, has agreed to use and resell Macrovision's technology for discouraging CD copying. Although several other CD pressing plants support Macrovision's technology, dubbed SafeAudio, Sonopress is the first to agree to resell it to its own customers. SafeAudio, which prevents perfect digital copies of songs from being copied from a CD to a computer hard drive, has already been in the market for several months, according to Macrovision. The company has said that close to 200,000 individual CDs have been sold with the technology installed, although it has not said which titles or record labels have been involved.

Bertelsmann-owned Sonopress, one of the largest CD manufacturing concerns in the world, has agreed to use and resell Macrovision's technology for discouraging CD copying. Although several other CD pressing plants support Macrovision's technology, dubbed SafeAudio, Sonopress is the first to agree to resell it to its own customers.

SafeAudio, which prevents perfect digital copies of songs from being copied from a CD to a computer hard drive, has already been in the market for several months, according to Macrovision. The company has said that close to 200,000 individual CDs have been sold with the technology installed, although it has not said which titles or record labels have been involved.