How to protect the copyright of CDs

Q: “How can I go about copy-protecting my CDs?”

A: Elizabeth Boepple:

“If anyone is interested in copy-protecting CDs (including preventing downloading to a hard drive or other removable media), I’ve learned it’s easy, and the software is free. The encoded CDs must be purchased from the software distributor, but their cost is insignificant compared to the cost of producing a print book. I also find their customer service and turn-around time from order to delivery to be excellent. (In this day of tech support in foreign countries spoken in barely intelligible folks of questionable competence, these folks not only gave me unlimited pre-sales time to describe the product, but talked me through my first time using the software (no, I’m not being paid for the endorsement).”

A: Doug Matthews, President, TeachingPoint:

“We have over 100 titles and we use Hexalock for our CD’s.”

A: Robert Martinengo, co-founder of the Center for Accessible Publishing:

“The folks on this list may be interested to know that thousands of electronic files of textbooks are freely given by publishers to colleges without any rights management. The catch is these files are only meant to be used for students with ‘print disabilities’ (please see my article).

In K-12, school districts are writing purchasing contracts that require the publisher to deposit electronic files in a repository, which can be accessed by ‘authorized agencies’, which can then distribute the files without permission or royalties, due to the Chafee copyright exemption:

Perhaps authors should get involved in these issues, for the sake of students with disabilities, and their own control over their content.”