I've created video studying material for my students and would like to know if it's possible to burn my disks with basic copy protection. I realize that it will be possible to copy them anyway if one knows what to do but creating basic protection against plain copying would be great!

Any ideas for that?


You can read about CSS on Wikipedia. IMO it's a joke and I would advise you not not bother with it or any other form of obnoxious DRM.

If you still want to go ahead, are you willing to pay a license fee per disc? CSS key sets are licensed by the DVD Copy Control Association to manufacturers who incorporate them into their discs during the pressing process. CSS keys can only be added to discs replicated from the glass master. The keys are stored on the lead-in area of the discs, on tracks that are not even recordable on DVD-Rs/DVD+Rs. Even if they were, the firmware of normal DVD writers sold for home use is restricted from writing information to those tracks.

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Unless you developed your own brand new format of optical drives, there are no other ways to protect your information from copying. The only one way is to make a loader for your videos which would check if password provided by user matches some schema in your loader.

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    I heard that disk authoring programs such as Adobe After Effect or such could do it? – Ilia Rostovtsev Nov 21 '12 at 14:28

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