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Oak Developing Embedded Solution for CD Recording which Protects Copyrighted Materials
Despite recent Napster ruling, other download alternatives fuel need for copyright protection

Sunnyvale, Calif. July 24, 2000 Oak Technology, Inc., a leading provider of embedded solutions for the optical-storage and digital-imaging markets, is currently developing a chip-based solution that promises to provide the deepest level of technology protection against illegal reproduction of copyrighted materials.

"As the dominant provider of compact disc recording controller and software technology for six of the top seven CD-RW drive manufacturers, Oak recognizes the need of content owners delivering CD-based media to guard their copyrighted materials," said Young Sohn, president and CEO of Oak Technology. "We are enhancing CD-RW drive electronics to facilitate the protection of CD-based content. This chip-based approach at the controller level offers greater protection than media-based options, which are more susceptible to hacking or reverse-engineering."

The new technology allows users to read and record CD content and greatly enhances the PC user's music experience, while precluding unauthorized distribution of music files through the Internet.

Oak Technology, along with strategic partner, is demonstrating this copyright protection technology this week at the Secure Digital Music Initiative Conference in Palo Alto, CA. Oak and are working closely together to leverage synergies between's Internet Music Player technology and Oak's strong position in the optical storage market to develop and deliver this revolutionary technology.

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