Thanks for Fran?ois for the heads up on this one. A Princeton PhD student posted a paper about the latest music industry cd protection scheme, and how easily it can be bypassed, just by pressing the Shift key when the CD is inserted in the drive.
It seems the anti-copy system, made by SunnComm, uses Windows' auto-run feature to install a small driver onto the system, which hides the AIFF tracks and only allows the system to see DRM protected WMA tracks. By pressing the Shift key, auto-run is disabled when the CD is inserted, thus the driver doesn't get installed, thus the unprotected AIFF tracks are available to the user. Cute.
If you want to know more about it, and I know you do, head over to The Register.
Want To Break CD-Copy Protection? Press Shift.
- Written by DaaT