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Digital Music Safeguard May Need Retuning

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Science  03 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5493, pp. 917-919
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5493.917b

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A hacker-professor says he and his graduate students have cracked the four leading methods proposed for thwarting audio pirates. The Princeton University computer scientist says his achievement shows that so-called digital watermarks--identifying signals hidden inside streams of digital data--cannot protect music from illegal copying. But the music industry begs to disagree.