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Serial Copy Management System

The Serial Copy Management System or SCMS was created when the digital audio tape (DAT) was invented, in order to prevent DAT recorders from making second-generation or serial copies. SCMS sets a "copy" bit in all copies, which prevents anyone from making further copies of those first copies. It does not, however, limit the number of first-generation copies made from a master.

SCMS was an early form of digital rights management (DRM).