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Macrovision Announces Next-Generation SafeDisc CD-ROM Copy Protection
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Aug. 18, 2000--Macrovision Corporation, the leading provider of video, multimedia and software copy protection as well as electronic rights management technologies, announced today the September release of its next-generation SafeDisc® PC CD-ROM copy protection solution. SafeDisc 2.0 will be available to publishers, developers and replicators following the ECTS 2000 expo in Olympia, London (UK).

Major Features of SafeDisc 2.0

  • API support -- the SafeDisc toolkit includes an API that will allow publishers to extend the SafeDisc security to encrypt various functions contained in their content.
  • New architecture -- major re-architecture of the SafeDisc code to disable automated hacking tools and to include additional encryption to delay hacking.
  • Disc burning prevention -- introduction of additional digital signatures to improve resistance against copying.
  • Fail-safe manufacturing -- assures that SafeDisc masters will only be mastered on SafeDisc-enabled production lines.

Platforms Supported

  • The SafeDisc 2.0 toolkit is available on MS Win95 and Win98, NT 4.0, Win 2000 and Win ME.
  • The SafeDisc 2.0 end-user software operates on MS Win95, Win98, Win NT 4.0, Win 2000 and Win ME.

"SafeDisc 2.0 represents a quantum leap in product enhancements, supported by rigorous research and development, Q/A testing and certification during the past 18 months since SafeDisc was first introduced. Macrovision has significantly raised the threshold needed for a viable CD-ROM copy protection solution," said Brian Dunn, senior vice president, computer software copy protection, Macrovision Corporation. Dunn added: "With the extensive and successful SafeDisc implementations by our leading publishers last year and the strong worldwide market demand to reduce software piracy, SafeDisc 2.0 reinforces Macrovision's position as the leading global CD-ROM copy protection solution provider."

The SafeDisc technology is licensed directly to software publishers. SafeDisc is used by the major interactive software publishers including Microsoft, Electronic Arts, GT Interactive, Havas and Eidos. Over 50 million CD-ROMs have been copy protected with SafeDisc since market introduction in 4Q98.

SafeDisc 2.0 is an enhanced secure protection system designed to prevent consumer, institutional, and business copying of mass-distributed software CD-ROMs sold through retail/reseller channels and the Internet. SafeDisc 2.0 protection can be applied after the product development is complete (supports 32-bit PC applications only). Publishers can have the CD-ROMs mastered at any of the 100+ Macrovision-licensed replication facilities worldwide. SafeDisc 2.0 upgrade support can also be obtained from key mastering equipment suppliers worldwide, such as Doug Carson & Associates, Media Morphics (the Pre-Mastering Business unit of Toolex International N.V.), Eclipse Data Technologies and Optical Disc Corporation (ODC). These implementations make SafeDisc the most widely supported technology and the de facto standard for CD-ROM copy protection for consumer software and information publishers in the global market.

SafeDisc is a software-based solution that does not require any changes to the publisher's application code and is compatible with standard PC and CD-ROM hardware. It is comprised of authenticating digital signature(s) 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(s) are added to each original disc during the mastering/replication process and 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.

About Macrovision

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.

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