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Optical disc protection. CD and DVD protection

Despite the fact that digital sales channels are used widely, CDs and DVDs are still popular due to their economical way to distribute electronic information in the regions where the internet connection is poor. Besides, using of CDs and DVDs suits you best, if you need to protect files with binding to the physical objects instead of binding to user devices. Using of CD/DVD is closely linked to optical disc protection.

Any type of data can be burnt on discs, such as software for commercial use or e-learning materials for students. However, normal CDs and DVDs can be bought in any store and the information can be easily copied from one disc to another and spread without the owner's permission. How to ensure optical disc protection in this case?

We offer a reliable solution of optical disc protection which is invisible for end-users but it becomes an unbreakable barrier for potential hackers. Adding copy CD/DVD protection technology to optical discs still remains the only one effective measure against hacking.

We're concerned about our customers, so end users will never know about the built-in protection system of StarForce until they use the protected disc in a legitimate way.

How optical disс protection works

The main method used in CD/DVD protection is "binding" to a physical object that can’t be forged.

First, files are protected with StarForce solution, then the content is bound to the original optical disc topology. As a result the protected files can’t be run from replicated or emulated CDs and DVDs.

1 CD copy protection StarForce protects files by encrypting them in a special way.
2 Disc protection with key Key for decryption is built in CD/DVD.
3 Copy protected disc The protected files can be opened only if the original disc with the key is inserted in the user's computer.

Would you like to burn files on discs by yourself or order CD/DVDs at a manufacturing plant?

CD copy protection at plant
DVD copy protection at home

To order CD/DVDs at a manufacturing plant

Optical media plant

CD/DVD protection with disc keys

Disc key is required to activate protected disc. The CD/DVD protection system corresponds to the disc key entered by a user to the physical parameters of the protected disc. Protected discs can be replayed without additional equipment on any object.

Discs can be manufactured in any number at any replication plant.
End user has to enter a disc key manually while running the protected disc the first time.

CD/DVD protection without disc keys. Keyless technology

No disc key is required to activate a protected disc. When the disc is activated, the protection system automatically authenticates the disc. User doesn't need to perform any extra actions. Protected discs can be replicated without additional equipment, but only at the plants certified by StarForce. Optical disc protection will be perfomed at the high level.

An end user doesn’t need to enter a disc key. Our dics key is manufactured by keyless technology.
Discs can be replicated only at the plants certified by StarForce. The list of certified plants you can see here

To burn files on discs by yourself

Burn CD at home

CD-R/DVD-R protection with discs in one set

It best suits for distribution in small lots. The method developed by StarForce engineers includes CD-R or DVD-R media. Disc key isn't required to activate a protected disc. The material can be burned on protected discs with any equipment for disc replication or household CD/DVD drive.

You can purchase discs with built-in CD/DVD protection which you can burn everywhere
An end user doesn’t need to enter a disc key – there is a silent activation
You need to order CDs and DVDs here

Binding to USB drive instead of CD/DVD

We recommend you to use USB flash drive instead of CD/DVD if you plan to produce protected material by your own. In this case, you can take any USB flash drive you like and prepare your own content for distribution within a few hours not leaving home.

You can use any USB flash drives for recording the content

Read more about copy protection on USB drives


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How much does it cost?   The cost includes a license for 12 months and a fee for CD/DVD quantity. To learn the details please complete the form above.
Can I use usual CDs and DVDs which can be bought at any store to burn protected files?   StarForce protection is based on binding to an optical disc which has unique characteristics that cannot be falsified. That is why we designed special CDs and DVDs with nonstandard geometry, where keys for decryption are located. For small batches we offer to purchase discs from our office in Moscow, Russia, and big batches can be ordered at local plants certified by StarForce.
Can I copy protected files from a StarForce CD or DVD?   The files can be copied but they will be encrypted. And a user will not be able open them without a StarForce disc inserted in the PC.
What types of files can be protected?   The list is the following:
  • Applications (exe, dll).
  • Video and audio (avi, mpeg, mp4, mp3, etc.).
  • Flash files (flv, swf).
  • Documents (pdf, doc, xls, jpg, etc.).
  • HTML files.
  • Presentations (ppt).

Is there a difference between protection of different types of files: applications, video and documents?   Yes, there is some difference. Every file format requires special algorithms and protection tools.
Can I protect files and burn discs by myself or do I need to send it to StarForce?   You can choose the variant you like. For protecting software and multimedia files you may need programming skills.
Is it possible to use protected DVDs in DVD players or other devices besides a PC?   No, it isn’t. Protected discs work in PCs with Windows OS only.

Do you still have any questions? Contact us!


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