How to Determine a Pirated Compact Disc
- 1). Study the case. Look at the quality of the case and the paper insert. Compare the case to other cases you have to see if it looks like the same quality. Genuine CDs will have high-quality cases, displaying all the necessary information on high-quality paper. CD copiers frequently try to save money by providing cheaper cases and home-printed inserts.
- 2). Look at the writing on the CD itself. Check the name of the media and the producer for errors and clarity. Many pirated CDs feature small errors which may go unnoticed. Incorrect information or spelling errors are sure signs of piracy.
- 3). Check the licensing and copyright details. Almost all media CDs will contain this information, which is usually written across the bottom of the CD. Many pirated CDs do not have any copyright information at all, while some will have incorrect details.
- 4). Check the underside of the media. Commercially produced CDs have a silver bottom, whereas recordable CD-ROMs have a blue or purple tinge. If you aren't sure, tilt the CD towards a light source. If you can detect color, the CD is probable recordable and not genuine.
- 5). Look at the content. Some pirated discs are copies of promo CDs, which contain just a few random songs distributed to the media. Some contain more than one album or an odd mix of songs from different albums.
- 6). Insert the disc into the CD drive of your computer. The computer should recognize the media and display the media's name. If the computer recognizes the CD as a recordable CD, usually displaying CD-R, the media is likely to be pirated.
- 7). Listen to and/or watch the media. Analyze the sound and picture quality, and if relevant, whether the camera is steady. You may find that music CDs have a long gap between songs, or sound like they are being recorded from the radio.