What Copy Protection Means to E-Commerce (Nov 2001)

November, 2001


Intellectual property owners are eager to prevent a repeat of the lack of copy protection on CDs and CD-ROMs. When record companies launched the CD over 20 years ago, they decided not to encrypt it. That decision simplifies copying or pirating any information recorded in CD format. Now a variety of schemes are being proposed to protect information on the Internet and new media formats such as DVDs. The question of whether these protection methods will be viable and what they offer content producers has complex answers.