California-based CD and DVD duplication companies may be in for a big surprise as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) may soon have the authority to perform warrantless searches in California to fight piracy.
California Senate Bill 550 is making its way through the state legislature, making it illegal to operate duplication or replication equipment without stamping discs with the required identifiers that separate commercial products from counterfeits. Also, the bill would make it legal for law enforcement to inspect replication plants without a warrant — a potential violation of the fourth amendment.
“The crime of illegal mass reproduction of music and movies is a serious problem,” said California Sen. Alex Padilla. “Fraudulent CDs and DVDs undermine our economy and California’s role as a global leader in music and film.”
None other than the RIAA has shown support for the bill, explaining that about 70 California-based replicator plants are responsible for up to 85 percent of counterfeit discs found in the United States. And, the organization points out, “closely regulated” industries like firearms and nursing homes are already subject to warrantless searches.
By combining forces, Rimage Corporation and Digital Intelligence, a leader in computer forensic services and software, open up a new market for digital evidence management. Providing enhanced solutions, the two companies will help streamline the workflow for intelligence officers.
The announcement comes at a time when cyber criminal activity is on the rise and difficult to combat and digital data continues to flood intelligence agency offices, placing a heavy demand on limited intelligence resources to manually mine the data. But Rimage EDS automates the data extraction process, as well as disc imaging and content reporting for disc-based evidence, and Digital Intelligence’s specialized software help simplify these challenges.
“At a time when digital evidence is expanding by the day, this partnership will deliver our customers outstanding solutions for digital evidence export, distribution, and archiving,” said Christopher Wells, senior vice president of marketing for Rimage Corporation.
The combination of technologies will allow for reduced evidence examination time by intelligence officials, introducing an invaluable asset for managing disc-based intelligence content.
Rimage, one of the leading providers of on-demand CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc publishing, has teamed up with XOS Digital to enable sports media organizations to work with a new platform for digital replication services.
With XOS, collegiate and professional media specialists can manage their digital video workflow from the initial content phase to final archive quickly and easily, which is imperative in this fast-paced, deadline-driven field.
Using the Rimage Sports Video Archive and Distribution solution, these professionals can directly export, distribute, and archive their videos — complete digital asset management.
“Across the sports video industry, organizations are realizing the importance of incorporating an archive solution into their digital video workflow. Using both XOS and Rimage solutions provides this ability in one comprehensive package,” said Christopher Wells, senior vice president, marketing and Strategy for Rimage Corporation.
Sports organizations can produce on-demand, professional deliverables and archives with the ease and simplicity of Rimage technology.
Whether you’re prepping a master disc for your own project or for your client, data integrity is of the utmost importance, because a damaged or poor quality master will result in exponential problems down the replication road.
Any master DVD needs to be created as an “authored” DVD, which means the content has been edited and has been run through an author program to create menus and complete compression. If you don’t have a program, consider using DVD Studio Pro, iDVD, Sonic Scenarist, Nero, and Adobe Encore.
We advise that you create a physical DVD master to send to your clients for final approval; digital masters can be lost or damaged. The only caveat is if you would like to CSS copy protect your DVD master. In this case submit your master as either a DDP master or DLT master.
Following the “Red Book Audio Standard” you can ensure text is visible on the CD, metadata is embedded and that you’re living up to ISRC codes. As with DVDs, it’s best to use a hard copy CD master, because trying to drop audio tracks onto a final disc can result in discrepancies with time between tracks or incorrect track order.
Data CDs and CD-ROMs
We almost always recommend prepping data discs as hard masters due to the fact they often contain auto executable files, complex software applications, or just large quantities of files. Submitting your disc for professional replication, for your own client, or for your own project will be easier and more secure if done so on a physical master.