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Re: overburning edit of molded cdroms feasible?
From: "Phillip R. Paradis" <prp17 () adelphia net>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 02:45:58 -0500
Saber Taylor wrote:
Scenario: chinese agent buys molded cdroms from stores
in Washington D.C. and overburns new data along the
same spiral with a specialized cdrom drive. Returns
the cdroms to the story which then re-shrinkwraps and
puts back on the shelf. 1.) Is this possible? 2.)
Could firmware automatically do a quick check for
1. Recording data on a pressed CD is physically impossible. Such CDs do
not have a "burnable" photosensitive layer; the data is physically
imprinted into the plastic, and the reflective layer is applied directly
to the molded plastic.
2. Most retailers will not accept opened software, movies, cassettes,
etc. for return, unless exchanged for the same item; since this is
generally only useful to the purchaser if the originally purchased media
is defective; the returned item is generally returned to the
manufacturer rather than being resold. Many retailers adopted such
policies at the behest of the publishers, who were sick of being ripped
off by pirates. It's also illegal in many places to resell product that
has been previously used without informing the customer. Retailers are
even less likely to resell returned software it today's era of software
activation schemes; if the prior purchaser had installed the software,
any subsequent purchaser would be unable to do so, as the license code
would have already been tied to the first purcahser's hardware. (Also,
most software is sealed in a tamper-evident manner, and customers tend
to be very fussy about purchasing product that has obviously been
opened, whether it be software or Scotch tape.) Any retailer that DOES
resell previously sold, opened software should be considered suspect anyway.
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