Wired: Windows XP Can Secure MusicFeb 15, 2001, 20:47 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad King)
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"The Secure Audio Path (SAP) adds "static" interference to media files that require video and audio cards to authenticate themselves with Windows software before they can be played. The company would be able to verify that a media player isn't playing an "unsecured" file, which according to Microsoft would eliminate much of the threat of piracy...."
"The SAP system was first included in Windows ME, and will be bundled in Windows XP, Microsoft's operating system that the company is expected to describe in detail during a Tuesday press conference."
"Microsoft has engineered its operating systems to check for SAP before passing the files on to any device, such as a soundcard...."
"By controlling the SAP, Microsoft could conceivably drag its feet when it came time to authenticate a soundcard developed by Linux engineers, Weekly wrote. He speculated that if Microsoft gets what it feels is sufficient market penetration, the company could begin charging content companies every time they wanted to encode music or videos for play on Windows computers."