I’ve been getting a lot of feedback regarding LightScribe, the new technology for writing labels on CDs and DVDs.
First of all, a correction to the previous entry: In that entry, I said that LightScribe was a silk screening technology. Steve Loughran, who worked on the technology, points out that
It has been likened silk screening, but it is definitely not: it is laser printing at v. high resolution onto discs.
This is an important distinction that I missed out on.
Another alert reader pointed out to me that LightScribe now has its own site. From there, one can learn more about the technology and licensing information.
I do believe that LightScribe has the potential of being a very disruptive technology for the media industry and, unfortunately, a boon to piracy, as it will lower the bar on creating professional looking CDs and DVDs. For example, what happens when someone downloads a whole album in MP3 format from a peer to peer network, copies those tracks to a disk, and then prints the disk’s label with LightScribe. How will one then know the difference between the original and a counterfeit?
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