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Shift key breaks CD Copy Locks

It turns out that the latest CD copy protection technology dreamed up by the studios is based on the Windows AutoRun feature. (This is the feature that makes Windows start running a program described by the autorun.inf file on any…

  • October 8, 2003

It turns out that the latest CD copy protection technology dreamed up by the studios is based on the Windows AutoRun feature. (This is the feature that makes Windows start running a program described by the autorun.inf file on any CDROM.) Well, a student at Princeton University is publicizing the fact that you can disable the AutoRun feature by simply holding down the shift key when a CD is inserted, according to this C|NET article.

Pretty neat. Of course, even a perfectly-protected CD is still susceptible to the analog hole.

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