Nimbus adds DiscGuard

Nimbus CD Intl., arguably the world’s largest independent manufacturer and replicator of CDs, CD-ROMs and DVDs, is getting tough on software pirates.

Nimbus prexy Lyndon Faulkner announced his company has signed an exclusive agreement with TTR Technologies, Ltd. to use its DiscGuard anti-pirating technology in every aspect of its replicating activities. (At the moment, DiscGuard is available for CDs and CD-ROMs; a TTR spokesman said its version for DVD would be ready by the end of the first quarter of 1998.)

DiscGuard works in the mastering phase of replication, where it leaves an indelible digital signature on media like DVDs and CDs, which are read optically with lasers. The signature becomes part of the programming, and thus the disc cannot be played — or replicated — without it afterwards.

The exclusivity of the agreement lapses after six months (after which TTR can peddle its wares with any manufacturer), but Nimbus exex are high enough on DiscGuard that if it proves unhackable, they will likely use it regardless.

“We believe (that) DiscGuard addresses a real market and will be a valuable tool to content owners around the world,” Faulkner said.

TTR, which gets a royalty on each disc with DiscGuard, added that it was in a position to apply the process on more than 25 million optical discs in 1998.

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