Copy protection

David Laight david at
Wed Oct 4 15:42:12 CDT 2006

On Wed, Oct 04, 2006 at 09:41:16AM -0500, Tom Spear wrote:
> I agree  that we shouldn't write to the MBR, but I definitely think that we
> should get some legal guidance before we proceed with writing anything to a
> file (in this case), because

If it isn't a silly question, which part of the mbr sector do the games
think they can access?  Especially for write ?

Having written the mbr code that NetBSD uses - which could validly be
in sector zero of the boot disk of a windows systesm - I'm not at all
certain there any bytes that can usefully be used.


David Laight: david at

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