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Digital Rights Management software collection

Identifier: MSS 674

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of commercial music CDs from Sony BMG from 2005. Each has one of two software programs: Extended Copy Protection or MediaMax CD-3 which Sony BMG implemented as a copy protection measure.


  • Creation: 2005

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Users wishing to access this collection must provide their own equipment. Recordings free of the DRM software are available via the catalog for general circulation.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

In the mid-2000s, Sony BMG implemented software such as Extended Copy Protection and MediaMax CD-3 on their CDs as a form of copy protection. When a user plays the CD on a computer, the software installs onto the user’s computer and modifies the operating system to restrict CD copying. Often users did not realize that it was installed because it uses a cloaking function to prevent anit-virus software from detecting them and the software was not easily to uninstall


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Box 1 has Mediamax (v. 3 and v. 5) and Box 2 has XCP.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired approximately in 2014 as part of the ROVI collection.

Processing Information

Media Preservation Librarian Sarah Mainville identified these CDs has having a distinctive DRM software and separated them from the main ROVI circulating collection.

Lydia Tang created the finding aid, with assistance from Sarah Mainville and other Special Collections student assistants in 2019.

Finding Aid for the Digital Rights Management software collection
4 Published And Cataloged
Lydia Tang
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA