Well it was going to happen sooner or later, did they honestly think it wouldn't happen. To be honest i am suprised it took these guys so long.
Source = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6301301.stmThe encryption on high-definition DVDs has been bypassed, the consortium backing the copy protection system on discs has confirmed.
At the end of last year a hacker claimed he had defeated the protection on a number of HD-DVD titles, leading to fears the entire system was broken.
But the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Authority has said the breach is limited.
"It does not represent an attack on the AACS system itself," the group said.
The AACS group has admitted that a hacker had managed to decrypt some discs and other people were now able to make copies of certain titles.
I'm just an upset customer
The hacker, known as muslix64, has been able to access the encryption keys which pass between certain discs and the player. Once those keys have been obtained the disc can be stripped of its encryption enabling the digital content to be played on any machine.
A spokesman for the AACS group said the large size of the files and the high cost of writable hi-def discs made widespread copying of the movies impractical.
The attacks on the new format echo the early days of illegal trafficking in music files, AACS spokesman Michael Ayers said.
AACS copy protection is used on both HD-DVD and Blu-ray titles, giving rise to concern from the entire movie industry about the security of its content.
A large-scale breach of AACS could be a threat to the $24bn DVD industry and dent hopes that high-definition discs would invigorate the market.
There are fears that piracy could harm the industry
The hacker obtained the keys from "one or more" pieces of software which plays high-definition DVDs, said Mr Ayers.
But the AACS group would not identify them or say whether their AACS licensing would be revoked.
"We certainly have not ruled out any particular response and we will take whatever action is appropriate," Mr Ayers said.
In a recent interview with digital media website Slyck, hacker muslix64, said his motivation for defeating the protection system was frustration.
"I'm just an upset customer. My efforts can be called 'fair use enforcement'," he said.
He said he had grown angry when a HD-DVD movie he had bought would not play on his monitor because it did not have the compliant connector demanded by the movie industry.
As part of the copy protection system on high-definition DVD, content providers can insist that movies will only play correctly if there are HDMI - or in some specific cases, compliant DVI - ports on the player and screen as these two connectors can handle the HDCP copy protection system. "Not being able to play a movie that I have paid for, because some executive in Hollywood decided I cannot, made me mad," said the hacker.
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Hi-def DVD security is bypassed
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I hope everything related to HDCP/AACS gets totally compromised.
With VHS ... the courts ruled in favor of our "fair use". Now you are a CRIMINAL for even attempting to do what you always could do with VHS and DVD. We have lost some of our RIGHTS (no, not "privilege" ... "fair use" is a RIGHT) with this HDCP/AACS crap that the media giants are shoving down our throats. They are fully expecting for everyone to comply out of apathy and lack of an alternative. Screw the media giants for backtracking on the rights of people dealing with media they PAY FOR. I should not have to purchase a new "HDCP compliant" display just to view media I purchase. NOT ACCEPTABLE. I'm 100% behind this hacker and every other hacker out there that cracks this stuff. I hope they are cautious though, as getting caught in the USA can have some serious legal ramifications.
What a total waste of time, effort and money.
A few hundre people come up with AACS and WAtermarking - a few hundred thousand public members just go and crack it. Stop beating your head against the wall.
It was only gonna be a matter of time before someone actually cracked the protection.
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Let them crack them..So we will get cheaper games/movies,i know in usa the price of games are much cheper than here,last day i went to buy a psp game(burnout revenge)the price 80$,ps2 games(old or new)doesnt matter are around the same price,so i prefer unoriginal games!
I do agree with the fact that right now its impractical to burn HD DVD unless you have programs that will allow shrinkage of the movie onto a DVD. I dont even know of a HD DVD burner yet. There are not enough HD DVD/ Blu Ray players in the consumers hand to make a dent in sales yet. Once it becomes more wide spread like DVD playes, blank media falls into the DVD range (right now ONE blank 25 GB Blu Ray disc is about 25 whereas you can get about 50 DVD for 25 or even 100 DVD but doesnt take into account future sizes of Blu Ray) and there are still things the makers can throw in. There hasnt been any test of a recorded HD DVD on a commerical player attached to a 1080p TV, who knows, the resoultion might not be even 1080p.
I can say this though, Blu Ray right now DOES NOT require HDCP. The makers felt it was not fair to the consumers so they will not be putting in HDCP until 2-3 years from now.There is nothing sweeter than the embrace of death
I understand that actually, its NORMAL to want to back up some DVD's you own so you wont' have to buy new ones if they get scratched and broken. Actually, I believe its not a criminal offense as long as you are using the DVD as back up purpose and not sold for profit and own the DVD. This is where the thin line gets crossed, IF they do allow the general public the purpose to burn DVDs for back up then people can mis use this, like they have, to burn ALL DVDs even the ones they do not own.
Thats the main issue, its not an offense to burn DVDs as long as its private use and not made for profit and you own it BUT it is an offense to burn DVDs for profit or for DVDS you do not own. There is no way to track if you own it or not and other things you can not track. This means they are loosing a LOT of money from people who buy ONE copy, copy it and sell it to about 100 people or more.
This is a double edge sword, how do you tell if a person is doing this for his own purpose or for the purpose of profit? So to protect themselves, the companies have to resort to drastic measures. We are the cause of this and we are the people to blame. It may be a right for us but its also a business world and they will protect themselves first.There is nothing sweeter than the embrace of death
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