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Bulletproof

I’m totally awed by the copy protection on the new Bowling For Soup album (“The Hangover You Don’t Deserve” ). Upon insertion, it installs a music player which lets you play the songs on the album, and also appears to modify the ASPI layer in Windows, presumably to stop you from ripping the CD. It also includes a copy of the Lame DLL for some reason.
At least, that would happen if you didn’t hold down the SHIFT key to disable autorun when you insert the CD. If you do then you can rip the CD with no problems.

9 Comments

  1. This has been common practice for albums in Japan for some time. I need to try the shift trick though… hmm!

  2. Disable Autoplay

    Neil mentions that holding down the shift key after inserting a cd equipped with its own copy protection and music player bypasses the proprietary player and allows you to rip said cd to your heart’s content. Boy do I feel…

  3. You have to love that shift key.

  4. I’ve long since just disabled AutoPlay. I don’t want anything executing (or installing) on its own, ever. =)

  5. CD Anti-Copy Protection defeated by a single keypress.

    Our latest undefeatable CD copy protection being defeated easily story is brought to us by Neil's World: I’m totally awed by the copy protection on the new Bowling For Soup album (“The Hangover You Don’t Deserve” ). Upon insertion, it inst…

  6. I also have disabled auto-run. Darn copy-protection. What’s the point of me buying an MP3 player then not being allowed by music companies to rip CDs to MP3s to play on it?

  7. re: A Hangover I Don’t Deserve…

  8. I bought a copy of AHYDD, only to find it didnt work in my CD player. Also, i disabled autoplay, but the intusive software still manages to block my attempts at ripping tracks for my iPod. Help!

  9. Neil,
    New to the computing world.
    Just bought a Dell 4700 with 16x max DVD +/- Rw dual layer write. Also has sonicfor DVD/RW=R.
    tried to copy a couple of Cd’s to Maxell CD-RW80 discs (700Mb) 1-2 & 4 speed. Copies played fine on computer, but no disc appeared when attempted to play on a Cd player.
    Can you help
    Peter