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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RE: DRM is still effective
by ndrw on Wed 15th Sep 2010 06:13 UTC in reply to "DRM is still effective"
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It would be better if it failed back in 2001, when there were no millions of devices in the field and whole operating systems and "media protection stacks" built around an idea of "safe digital interfaces".

Or if it failed in 2020, when people would likely be using something else.

Breaking it in 2010 is a killer - you can't withdraw from it, can't fix it and there is a whole lot of content that used to depend on the perceived safety waiting for being ripped off.

It's not really that surprising. In 2001 or 2020 no one would bother breaking it. In 2010 it makes a lot of sense.

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RE[2]: DRM is still effective
by r_a_trip on Thu 16th Sep 2010 14:39 in reply to "RE: DRM is still effective"
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Except that breaking HDCP isn't that spectacular. The Goose with the golden eggs was AACS. AACS was introduced 2005 and in 2007 it was already cracked. Downloading Full HD movies has been perfectly feasible for a couple of years. Cracking HDCP was just adding the finishing touch.

It's time the content industry starts looking at optimum curves for their pricing. BluRay is prettier, but it's not 200% more pretty than DVD and I think the pricing should reflect that. On top of that, more pixels doesn't mean more story. A crappy movie won't become a blockbuster just because BluRay gives you the opportunity to count the hairs on the upper lip of the heroine.

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