Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Sep 2010 21:21 UTC
Multimedia, AV If the rumours are true, and if this Pastebin post (be sure to mirror the key if that won't get you in trouble with your authorities) is legitimate, then it looks like High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection has been cracked so hard its mother's mother felt it. HDCP is a copy protection mechanism which protects the audio and video streams sent over DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI.
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DRM is still effective
by earksiinni on Wed 15th Sep 2010 03:30 UTC
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I don't know why everyone is proclaiming this as a blow for DRM. The paper proving the possibility of cracking HDCP was published in 2001, meaning it took 9 years for a crack to emerge. 9 years in tech is like ancient Rome.

If I were an industry executive at Intel, I'd be popping open champaign bottles and patting myself on the back for having planned such a resilient DRM scheme. For some reason, everyone thinks that DRM is meant to control your media forever. Says who? These companies are profitable for a reason, and I'm sure that executives make a cost/benefit analysis and factor in the expected lifetime of DRM schemes. For all we know, 9 years has wildly surpassed all expectations.

This is to leave aside the fact that most people don't exploit DRM cracks and that media industries (except for print) are still incredibly profitable.

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