Tages Protection is a new type of CD protection being used on recent games, applications etc.
It is supposedly impossible to make 1:1 copies of Tages protected discs.
Apparently, Tages has been out for quite a long time. XIII is the most recent name I know of that uses Tages protection though.
Originally posted by Tages Developer on 1:1 Copies+--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Tages Developer on 1:1 Copies)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>"1:1 copy":* TAGES™ is the Mark A protection
The information in the "secure area" can be read by any CD/DVD reader, but cannot be copied by any CD/DVD writer, no matter what burner/firmware, medium support (CD-R) and burning software are used.
It is a fact now and FOREVER, it is not just an opinion: we garantee full immunity with 1:1 copy, since CD-Rs do not have our structural modifications, and a burner cannot do it!
You can decide today to buy the TAGES™ Copy Protection System for a product that will be sold within the next 6 months and can be assured that no 1:1 copy is possible on your products.
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The CD Freaks forum has interesting information about the Tages copy protection scheme.
* It seems that the CDs are manufactured in such a way that sectors on the CD are numbered the same, but contain different information. You can imagine that if you have a row of boxes, and you are looking in them one by one, and you start at number one, go to number two etc. you will once get to a box numbered e.g 20. In this box you will find e.g a X. but if you start at number hundered and go to nintynine, ninetyeight etc., and there is another box with 20 on it at e.g the place of 80 and in this box is e.g an Y you have checked two boxes with the same name, but with different content. This is how it should work and the thread also states a possible solution.[/quote]
Information on how Tages works, here: SirDavidGuy's CD Protection Site [Tages Page]
This is a link to a page about Tages. It is dated April 2001. This shows the apparent age and effectiveness of this protection technique.
POSSIBLE SOLUTION: The tages games can be cracked, only it means a custom executable has to be made. Lets hope that isn't too hard to do for the releasers.
I'll keep you guys updated the more I learn.