Silicon Valley based copy protection scheme developer Uvarta has announced the results of a recent report on the compatibility of its IronDisc copy protection software used in CD and DVD drives, particularly highlighting its possible use in PC video games.
The actual compatibility test was done with sample game Lines Delux
, using IronDisc as well as the Uvarta SDK and Wizard. Testing involved CD-ROMs produced at Medius using a nickel stamper from Crown Disc, which in turn was created using an Eclipse Data Technologies Image Encoder. Compatibility was done through several hundred combinations including various drives, Windows operating systems, and connection configurations, and, according to the company, revealed that the disc showed "excellent compatibility" on those systems, despite the protection.
Compatibility aside, the testing of the IronDisc software also entailed providing copies of Lines Deluxe
to several 'laboratories', with the challenge of creating a counterfeit copy. According to the report, only a screen commenting that users required the full version to play showed on the duplicated versions, meaning that the copy protection had been successful. The company's FAQ also notes that the discs will fail to copy in programs such as Alcohol 120%, CloneCD, and Nero Burning ROM.