Now, the magazine c't (Computertechnik) and RapidSolution Software have developed a program called unCDcopy to enable computer users to get around any copying restrictions.
Sven Hansen, an editor at c't, says the program was produced because music fans are being treated unfairly. "It's a strange thing to punish the people who bought the CD's," he told New Scientist, rather than those who copy music illegally.
Hansen says it is unclear whether the program could fall foul of the European copyright regulations introduced in 2001. The EU Copyright Directive makes it illegal to sell any device that circumvents copy protection technology. A similar law, called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), exists in the US.
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