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Dow Plastics Proposes Controls to Fight Piracy

Piracy of entertainment and software content on CD, audio and video cassette and CD-ROM is a $US 25 billion problem. Dow proposes to control the losses through an independent legal entity that would t...

July 1, 1999   Canadian Plastics



Piracy of entertainment and software content on CD, audio and video cassette and CD-ROM is a $US 25 billion problem. Dow proposes to control the losses through an independent legal entity that would track the flow of polymers in a manner similar to that used to track the paper used in printing currency. While polycarbonate is the material of choice for CD production, Dow’s polycyclohexylethylene (PCHE) is being touted as a primary material for next-generation DVDs. The firm believes that implementation of monitoring on PCHE supplies will help control piracy at the source. In a prepared statement, Henri-Luc Martin, Dow’s director of anti-piracy and PCHE stated: “By protecting the polymer used to make the discs, we strengthen the impact of other anti-piracy efforts and technologies.” PCHE was designed using a proprietary Dow processing technology and patented catalysts.


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