First of all, a correction to the previous entry: In that entry, I said that LightScribe was a silk screening technology. Steve Loughran, who worked on the technology, points out that
It has been likened silk screening, but it is definitely not: it is laser printing at v. high resolution onto discs.
This is an important distinction that I missed out on.
Another alert reader pointed out to me that LightScribe now has its own site. From there, one can learn more about the technology and licensing information.
- At the current time, LightScribe will work with Windows 2000 and Windows XP but support for additional operating systems will come in the future.
- The new technology will not have much of an impact on prices, adding only a few pennies to the price of disc media and a few dollars to the price of a computer.
- LightScribe-enabled disc drives will also be available as peripherals
- Basic printing will take about a minute to complete but more complex images can take up to 15 minutes to print.
I do believe that LightScribe has the potential of being a very disruptive technology for the media industry and, unfortunately, a boon to piracy, as it will lower the bar on creating professional looking CDs and DVDs. For example, what happens when someone downloads a whole album in MP3 format from a peer to peer network, copies those tracks to a disk, and then prints the disk’s label with LightScribe. How will one then know the difference between the original and a counterfeit?