Copy Control Technology
What is Copy Control Technology?
CCT is an umbrella term
for a series of new technologies which are being added to some CDs
to prevent digital copies being made of the music on that CD.
In other words, the technology prevents the practices known as "ripping"
and "burning" where music is digitally copied on to a computer
hard drive or burnt onto a blank cd.
The various forms of CCT
work in different ways and they are evolving over time.
Does CCT affect the listening
No, the technologies merely
prevent copying. They do not affect the audio quality of the
CD. As a comparison, DVDs have featured a form of CCT since
their introduction. Anyone who's watched a DVD will see that
the CCT has no impact on the playing of that DVD.
How will I know if a CD
that I wish to purchase contains CCT?
All record companies have
been strongly encouraged to include the International CCT logo on
any CDs that contain CCT. Any CD which features this logo contains
a form of CCT. However, please note that record companies may
use other methods of informing consumers that a CD contains CCT.
You should also be aware that imported CDs incorporating CCT may not
feature this logo.
Will a CD with CCT play
in my CD Player, Computer and my Car?
You are unlikely to experience
problems. Whilst CCT is new to Australia, the technologies have
been in use overseas for quite a while now. Nonetheless, there
may be minor issues with some CCTs in relation to particular items
of hardware. You should always check the label of the CD before
purchase to see whether or not the particular technology is likely
to cause problems with the hardware on which you propose to play the
Will CDs containing CCT
cause damage to my audio system or my computer hard drive?
No. The technologies
are only designed to prevent "ripping" and "burning".
They will not cause any damage to audio equipment and PCs.