How to Prevent CD-ROMs From Being Copied


CDs can be created that don't allow the end user to copy the data. Two methods are currently available for creating copy-protected CDs. One method involves creating a "watermark," a physical processing mark, on the CD with a special burning process. The second method involves encrypting the data on the CD to prevent copying. Decryption software is required to interpret data on the CD when encryption is utilized. Two low-cost options for creating copy-protected encrypted CDs on a PC or laptop are CrypKey and CDShield.

Things You'll Need

  • CD Burner
  • CD Copy Protection software
  • Purchase and download one of the copy protection software packages (see Resources).

  • Double-click the downloaded installation package to install the software. Follow the installation prompts. The progress bar indicates when the installation is complete.

  • Reboot the computer.

  • Prepare a premaster version of the data to be copied onto the copy-protected CD. To do this, create a folder on your hard drive and copy all files to be burned onto the CD.

  • Open the copy protection application.

  • Navigate to the new data folder from the copy protection software interface.

  • Select the entire folder to copy-protect.

  • Click "Next" to encrypt the data folder.

  • Insert a blank CD into the CD burner.

  • Click "Burn" to burn the encrypted data onto the blank CD.

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