Making SafeDisc Mastering Available to a Wider Audience
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--June 13, 2000-- Macrovision Corporation, the leading provider of video, multimedia and software copy protection as well as digital rights management technologies, announced today the licensing of its SafeDisc CD-ROM Copy Protection technology to Media Morphics (the Pre-Mastering Business unit of Toolex International N.V.), Optical Disc Corporation (ODC) and Eclipse Data Technologies.
"Since SafeDisc's introduction in 1998, Doug Carson & Associates (DCA) has been the exclusive provider of the mastering technology for SafeDisc. DCA has been a key partner in the development, support and implementation of SafeDisc," said Brian Dunn, Senior VP of Computer Software Copy Protection at Macrovision. Dunn added: "The market acceptance and proliferation of SafeDisc has necessitated expansion of the SafeDisc mastering licenses to other key mastering equipment providers worldwide. We look forward to continuing our partnership with DCA. We are also very pleased to welcome Media Morphics, Optical Disc Corporation and Eclipse Data Technologies as licensed providers of SafeDisc mastering equipment, to offer additional alternatives for the implementation of SafeDisc copy protection capability to our licensed replicators worldwide."
SafeDisc is comprised of an authenticating digital signature embedded on the CD-ROM disc, an encryption wrapper, and an anti-hacking technology that secures the CD-ROM executable. The patented SafeDisc digital signature cannot be copied by standard CD-R drives. SafeDisc is a turnkey solution that allows the publisher to add encryption during the normal pre-mastering process, and to QA the encrypted gold disc. SafeDisc options are also available from the major data verification and test equipment vendors to support large volume production. This makes SafeDisc the complete CD-ROM copy protection solution, from pre-mastering to final product shipment. SafeDisc has demonstrated over 99% compatibility with existing PC CD-ROM hardware and software worldwide, and was determined by Philips Electronics to be the only Yellow Book-compliant copy protection technology.
The SafeDisc technology is licensed directly to software publishers, and to mastering and replication facilities that are able to offer the technology to their software publishing clients as part of the SafeDisc Reseller Program. Currently, SafeDisc is licensed to over 90 mastering and replicator facilities worldwide. SafeDisc is used by all major interactive software publishers including Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Eidos. Over 50 million CD-ROMs have been copy protected with SafeDisc since market introduction in 4Q98.
Macrovision recently announced the production release of SafeDisc HD for the application software market. SafeDisc HD frees the user from authenticating using the CD-ROM at the time of launch but instead requires the original disc to be periodically re-authenticated according to parameters established by the publisher.
Macrovision Corporation develops and markets content copy protection and rights management technologies to prevent the unauthorized duplication, reception or use of video and audio programs and computer software. The Company provides its products and services primarily to the home video, consumer multimedia software, digital pay-per-view, cable, satellite and video security markets. Macrovision has its headquarters in Sunnyvale with subsidiaries in London and Tokyo.
All statements contained herein, as well as oral statements that may be made by the Company or by officers, directors or employees of the Company acting on the Company's behalf, that are not statements of historical fact, constitute "forward-looking statements" and are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties are outlined in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2000 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.