Question

How do I find out whether a music file is copy protected?

Answer

You can determine whether a file is protected (that is, whether it requires a license for playback or another use) in several ways.
To determine whether a single file is protected in Windows Media Player 10, do the following:

  1. Right click on the song in the library view.
  2. Click Properties from the list of options, and then click the License tab. If the file is protected, the license terms appear in the License details box. If nothing related to License terms appears in the License details box, the file is not protected.

To display the protected column for a category in Windows Media Player 10, do the following:

  1. Click Library, and then click a category to view (for example, All Music).
  2. In the Details pane, right-click any column heading (for example, Title), and then click Protected. This adds the Protected column to the Details pane, which will enable you to determine whether any of the items in the category are protected or not.

If you are using Windows Media Player 11, do the following:

  1. Right click on the song in the library view.
  2. Click Properties from the list of options, and then click the Media Usage Rights tab. If the file is protected, the license terms appear in the License details box. If nothing related to License terms appears in the License details box, the file is not protected.

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