CyberLink Corp., a Taiwan-based developer of digital video software and e-learning solutions, announced today its flagship product, CyberLink PowerDVD, is the world's first DVD software to support Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) on the PC.

Users will now be able to watch their CPRM-standard discs on their computers using PowerDVD. Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) is a hardware technology designed to enforce "copy-once only" restrictions. Through built-in mechanisms on the storage media users are prevented from further disc copying.

As awareness increases for the protection of recorded media, PowerDVD offers a legitimate means to play CPRM-standard discs on their PCs, while protecting the rights of content owners through the prevention of repeated duplication. Copy-once programs and CPRM are already common among DVD/HDD recorders in Japan. Until now, discs recorded to the CPRM standard could only be played on the original consumer DVD recorder (standalone DVD player) used to create the disc, and were not able to be played on a PC. CyberLink solves this problem by delivering the world's first solution for playing CPRM media discs on a computer. PowerDVD allows greater flexibility while preventing unauthorized use of copyright and is currently the only DVD solution that supports CPRM on the PC.

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