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Tuesday, August 21 12:01 AM EST

New Encryption Makes Copying CDs Impossible

By Brian Briggs

Los Angeles, CA - Major record labels are queuing up to voice their support for MicroBlinker's new CD encryption technology which they say renders audio CDs impervious to pirating.  Called NoAudio, it sets the standard in CD copy protection.  The scrambling technology works by taking the audio signal and applying MicroBlinker's patented TotalAttenuation algorithm to prevent the audio content from being, 'ripped'.

No pirating allowed.Many copyright protection systems have been criticized by audiophiles because they add inaudible noise to the CD which music lovers claim degrades sound quality.  A focus group of listeners agreed unanimously that *NSYNC's latest album Celebrity sounded much better after it had been encrypted using NoAudio.  "There were no more annoying dance tunes or formula ballads getting in the way of my enjoyment," said one listener.

A spokesman for Sony said, "We're looking seriously at protecting our investment in our artists. We've seen what the competitors have to offer, but this [system] has far exceeded our expectations.  Frankly we have accepted that if you can hear the music, you can pirate it.  We're not worried about its affect on sales, our powerful marketing and talented artists can overcome any lack of audio on the CDs."

Margaret Fatt of MicroBlinker spoke today to shareholders, "We are leading the field in the anti-piracy race. MacroVision says their SafeAudio technology will work on 99.7% of players, but we are offering 100% compatibility.  This offers the best deal for consumers as well as recording companies"

Hackers claim they will find a way to crack the system.  "I give it 3 months before you start seeing rips of these silent CDs on Morpheus," said GyR8.

Field trials of this technology have already begun, with 250,000 CDs incorporating the technology already in circulation.  Consumer group, Music for People, condemned the trials as unfair because all of the distributed CDs contained Country music which no one listens to. "How can the general public judge the impact of this technology if they test it on releases no one will buy?  I can't see too many 'golden eared' patrons rushing out to buy the latest Charley Pride CD."

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