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Midbar's copy protection used in Japan

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 06 Mar 2002 8:51

Israeli Midbar Tech announced that its audio CD copy protection, dubbed as Cactus Data Shield, will be used by Japanese record label Avex in appx. 1M CDs sold in Japan.
According to label, only some of the songs in each CD will be protected by the technology and all the albums will carry a sticker that says that CD contains tracks protected by Midbar's technology.

Midbar's Cactus has been used in Europe and in the U.S. by various labels in few CDs, but most of the CDs protected by this technology, have caused huge opposition by consumers and consumer groups in each country. Two weeks ago, BMG Finland announced that it will pull all Cactus-protected CDs from Finland's markets after consumer complaints (read the story from here).

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