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Decryption Keys For HD-DVD Found, Confirmed 473

kad77 writes "It appears that, despite skepticism, 'muslix64' was the real deal. Starting from a riddle posted on, members on the doom9 forum identified the Title key for the HD-DVD release 'Serenity.' Volume Unique Keys and Title keys for other discs followed within hours, confirming that software HD-DVD players, like any common program, store important run-time data in memory. Here's a link to decryption utility and sleuthing info in the original doom9 forum thread. The Fair Use crowd has won Round One; now how will the industry respond?"
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Decryption Keys For HD-DVD Found, Confirmed

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  • by DiamondGeezer ( 872237 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:17PM (#17593104) Homepage
    The Fair Use crowd has won Round One; now how will the industry respond?"

    Lawyers. Lots of them.
    • Even simpler (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Overzeetop ( 214511 )
      Revoke the key. It will happen each time.

      I predict that any backlash against key revokation will be addressed by very polished newsvertisements which state that the key revocation is the result of "hacking" by the "pirates" and despite the sincere regret of the problems caused, there is nothing they can do at this point.
      • Re:Even simpler (Score:4, Informative)

        by Wonko the Sane ( 25252 ) * on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:32PM (#17593306) Journal
        If I remember correctly they can only revoke keys for future movies. All movies released when the compromised player was cracked can still be decrypted.
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          Yeah. Then you can DoS the industry, by generating a significant portion of the possible key-space, and releasing it in a crack.

          Nice going!
          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            by marcosdumay ( 620877 )

            DoSing it is hard, there is plenty of space for keys.

            But the good part is that every old player will have its key revoked too. So, we can DoS a big part of the HD devices after they are sold... I forsee big troubles with key revocation.

            • There are presumably a thick raft of consumer-protection laws which prevent the industry from turning your shiny new $500 HD player into a shiny boat anchor because some nitwit cracked the player key. If the industry ever did that sort of thing, I'd expect either a product recall with free replacements/servicing or a class-action lawsuit against either the revoking authority or the manufacturer for not offering replacements.

              Come to think of it, who is responsible when a manufacturer makes a product and a re
      • To my knowledge, once the key for a disc has been let out, the only thing you can do is make a new key for the next run of the movie. I don't think you can have the players reject disc keys. Anyways, they would have to do a recall for everyone who had bought the movie.

        Including the people that pried the key from the original
        • Re:Even simpler (Score:5, Informative)

          by Tony Hoyle ( 11698 ) <> on Saturday January 13, 2007 @06:39PM (#17596130) Homepage
          You can - all the HDDVD and BluRay players have internet connectivity. They can and do download blacklists in 'firmware updates'. Such updates are also pressed into future disks - so you can't even get away with never connecting the player. These can revoke both disk and hardware keys, so you'd have to replace your copy of serenity, or even potentially your TV if the keys for that got revoked.

          The only question is whether they have the guts to do it.
      • Re:Even simpler (Score:5, Informative)

        by spisska ( 796395 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:37PM (#17593358)
        Revoke the key. It will happen each time.

        Ahhh. But only the player key can be revoked, not the title key for discs already in the wild. They could use different keys on all subsequently pressed discs of the same title, but that doesn't affect the titles already cracked. And they can't expect to do a recall of cracked titles.

        Or they could revoke the device key for the software player, which would mean the software player gets upgraded with a new key, and newer discs can be cracked using the exact same technique. Otherwise anyone selling software players would be faced with the massive liability of having sold something that doesn't work as advertised.

        Since this technique relies on using the title and/or volume key and not the player key, it will not be so easy to fix through the device key revokation system that's a part of AACS.

        Round one definitely goes to the good guys. And I don't see how it's anything but a matter of time before AACS is as completely broken as CSS is. Even with device key revokation, it's just a cat and mouse game with newer titles and newer devices. And how will the MPAA and the device manufacturers react when people who pay out the nose for players and films are no longer able to use them?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Dachannien ( 617929 )
        and despite the sincere regret of the problems caused, there is nothing they can do at this point.

        Except settle in a class-action lawsuit.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        I think the possibility of key revocation is extremely unlikely. If the companies behind HD-DVD begin to revoke keys it will only serve to hamper the format's adoption, consumers will not stand for that. Furthermore, I would imagine that such proactive defenses against pirating might result in a class action lawsuit -- if they revoke the keys for a hardware player consumers will be pissed and they'll likely win such a case.
      • by Overzeetop ( 214511 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:36PM (#17594094) Journal
        Everyone seems to be missing the point. Existing titles are chump change. Just make the next pressing with the new key. The flurry seems to center around release dates anyway, so no future discs will decode on the compromised player. They don't want to make it impossible, they simply want to make it difficult. Having to keep a key database updated is a pain in the ass. I'd go as far as to say that they don't care about an isolated crack - they'll "fix" it and go on, with updates from time to time. This is a s/w player, not a hardware player, correct? Just require an update.

        The point is that they will make this about Piracy, and that its the Pirate's fault that you have to go download an update to get your machine to work. Not their fault (Say "Not my fault" in David Spade's voice an you'll get the idea). Most consumers will believe the newsvertisement they see on ther local station that blames those evil pirates for their suffering. If it weren't for the pirates, their stuff would work. Which can easily be spun at truth - pirates cracked the system, system must be safe or poor artists children will starve, so we had to change the system - all pirates fault. Your mother would fall for that, and you know it.

        Right and wrong is irrelevant - it's who takes the blame for the mess that matters, and the industry has a lot of PR money to make sure the finger points at someone else.
        • by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @05:21PM (#17595340) Homepage
          Everyone seems to be missing the point. Existing titles are chump change. Just make the next pressing with the new key. The flurry seems to center around release dates anyway, so no future discs will decode on the compromised player.

          Yeah, right. Take a look at the prices for DVD seasons of for example Babylon 5 or Star Trek... they're incredibly expensive even though they're many years old. How much does Disney classics go for again? Besides, it's probably not like pirates are going to announce their player keys, they'll likely just release the titles.

          The sad thing is that it'll work for release groups having decryption keys and pirates getting decrypted versions, while it probably won't work for average consumers who wants to do fair use like back-ups, format shift, non-HDCP screens and so on, because they don't have a disc from the same batch.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Jugalator ( 259273 )
        Revoke the key. It will happen each time.

        But it's volume keys leaking? Sure, they could re-encode the content and release new copies (hmm, to what estimated extra costs??) for a volume key revocation, but what use would that be when the previous version of the disc has already been decrypted and released as torrents?
      • Re:Even simpler (Score:4, Informative)

        by DamnStupidElf ( 649844 ) <> on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:50PM (#17594246)
        Revoke the key. It will happen each time.

        Like I posted last time this crack was on slashdot, it's futile to revoke a key. Every movie released to HD-DVD before the key is revoked will still be readable with the known key, and within a few days or weeks another software key will be found to read all the newer movies. Additionally, true pirates who recover the key of a particular player are able to keep their discovery secret by not publishing the key, and they will always be able to rip new HD-DVD movies. There's no way to watermark movies based on the player key, because the entire stream must be encrypted with a single master key that the player key decrypts. There's no way for the media companies to discover which keys have been secretly compromised, even when movies are being released on the Internet.

        In the best case, AACS will be fundamentally broken because of some oversight and all the player keys will be compromised, making key revocation laughable.
  • by gravesb ( 967413 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:21PM (#17593150) Homepage
    By admitting DRM is useless and treating customers like clients instead of criminals? Only in my mind, only in my mind....
    • "By admitting DRM is useless and treating customers like clients instead of criminals?"

      Customers shouldn't be treated like criminals, but they shouldn't act like criminals either. Many "customers" act as criminals then bitch and moan when they're being treated as such.

      What is needed is a DRM that is advanced enough to be flexible enough to allow all "fair use" while curtailing piracy. That would be the ideal. But the reality is that DRM isn't advanced enough and won't be any time soon, if ever. So the b
      • by HTH NE1 ( 675604 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @07:06PM (#17596468)
        Many "customers" act as criminals then bitch and moan when they're being treated as such.

        Only because exercising fair use is acting like a criminal. Except its only acting; it isn't being.

        The actions of a criminal can also be the actions of a law-abiding citizen legally exercising his rights. It is to what ends the acts are performed that (are supposed to) define them as criminal.

        I can swing my fists in the air as long as I like as long as I don't hit your nose. It's bad laws like the DMCA that would make swinging my fists in the privacy of my single-occupancy home a crime.
      • "What is needed is a DRM that is advanced enough to be flexible enough to allow all "fair use" while curtailing piracy."

        DRM will never be this advanced, because this proposal is fundamentally impossible, because it implies logically inconsistent outcomes. Either I can copy no part of the video for any reason, or I can copy some part of the video (no matter how small) for any reason. If I can copy any part, even screenshot by screenshot, for any reason, I can re-assemble it outside the player and the DRM is therefore useless. If I can't, fair use is violated.

        DRM, in all it's manifold and perverted forms, can go to hell.
      • But please do NOT pretend that DRM is broken primarily for "fair use".
        I would argue that the majority of users breaking DRM are doing so exactly for fair use. More often than not, there's no reason for a pirate to break the DRM on a retail DVD because that work has already been done. Within mere hours of the discs arriving at stores (generally a few days before the official launch) and occasionally weeks or months earlier (see Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story) one person has ripped the DVD and released it in to the wild. That's all it takes. Once there is a raw DVD copy floating around, the DRM never has to be broken for piracy again. Because of this, DRM can't even stop casual piracy. The only people a broken DRM scheme has left to get in the way of are those who are trying to legitimately make fair use copies.

        Like others in this discussion, I have a homebrew VoD system set up in my apartment. A media server with a few terabytes of hard drive space and a trio of TV tuners (two analog for cable and one OTA HD) stores all of my movies and every episode of my favorite TV shows. Thanks to this, my roommates and I have point-and-click access to all of those videos from every computer, Xbox, and Xbox 360 in the apartment. It's very convenient and I never have to worry about a scratched disc or missing a single episode. Thanks to DRM + the DMCA, every single movie on the server is technically illegal even though I can point at the shelf where the DVDs sit gathering dust.

        There are commercial hard drive based DVD library devices, but they're overpriced (in to the thousands of dollars for a mere terabyte last time I checked) and nowhere near as compatible as my solution. The one I looked at would only stream to proprietary set-top boxes and even now I'd wager only possibly the Xbox 360 out of my current line up would be compatible with any similar products on the market now (due to its support for streaming DRM). None would support streaming to my modified Xbox and certainly not to any of my computers.

        I would say the home media server is a substantial example of fair use which is legally blocked by DRM+DMCA issues. One like I have is trivial to set up (Myth + Linux + Samba or XP/Vista MCE) and works with a number of clients (I intend to test using my DS as a client once I get the adapter card which enables homebrew and I've already used a PSP as a client in the past). Everyone I know who's seen my setup wants to clone it and if it weren't for the legal issues I'm sure the market would be flooded with such devices.
  • Between the porn industry choosing HD-DVD and now this, I know what I'm opting for when upgrading to HD movies! Sorry, Sony. I was so looking forward to having spyware installed on my PC with every BluRay disc purchased just like your music discs.
    • Ermmm... Good plan except major movie studios will only release on Blu-Ray if it's DMR holds up (at least for the next couple of month). Then again maybe all you want to watch is Porn.

      BTW, in yesterday's post about HD Porn and Sony not Allowing Porn on BETA, I assure you there was LOTS of porn on BETA. The adult industry may prefer HD-DVD for cost reasons, but if Blu-Ray wins, there will be Blu-Ray porn -- count on it.

      The best thing might be for HD-DVD to fail, have Blu-Ray generally accepted, and T
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by chill ( 34294 )
        There was lots of porn on Beta, but that is because anyone could record Beta due to the nature of the tape. Anyone can NOT record BluRay. In order to get a disc mastered, you have to go thru a Sony-authorized mastering service and they've been told NO PORN.

        I also feel the studios are more interested in a token attempt. The encryption, even when broken, protects against the vast majority of that type of piracy. The geek market that is capable of doing that is so small it is almost negligible. They just
        • For Windows users, anyway. Windows users need to be geeklords to get anything done at all.

          Linux users whose computers don't come with the software automatically will just choose Applications->Add/Remove Software and choose "HDCrack", which by then will be a graphical frontend for mplayer. Mplayer and the cracking software will be downloaded automagically and probably will access a network of online database of title keys hosted in openness friendly countries. Thereafter when they insert a supported H

  • by gerf ( 532474 ) <> on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:22PM (#17593166) Journal

    "Hello,'s ISP? Yes, this is Microsoft. We're auditing your sofware licenses."

    "Hello,'s registrar? You're being charged with violating the DMCA. Pretty much all of it."

    "Hello, little tiny country? This is the MPAA, and as official representitives of the US government, we're asking you to hand over all people involved in this post on's forum. If you fail to respond, we'll enact sanctions on your country and drive you into the dark ages. Just look at North Korea for an example.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      "Wait, so if I don't turn these guys over, I get a one-million man army and nuclear weapons?" ...

    • by MostAwesomeDude ( 980382 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:11PM (#17593762) Homepage
      Um, as The Pirate Bay has demonstrated already, there are three wrong with your supposition. First off, ICANN does not and will not revoke domain names at the behest of the government. As long as Doom9 has backbone (and this hasn't been their first time in this type of situation), they're not gonna crumple.

      The second thing is that they might not be located in the USA. The whois dossier shows that the domain was registered by (anonymous) proxy, and it's entirely possible that he's not American. If his servers are physically located outside of the USA, then he can't be legally threatened by civil suits, and he's not subject to DMCA. (However, this is a hypothetical, and since he refuses to host DeCSS, it is my guess that he is somewhere in the USA.)

      The third thing is that the website is [] , not
    • by cdrudge ( 68377 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:17PM (#17593844) Homepage "Hello Microsoft. We are a domain squatter. We have no idea what you are talking about. Besides. We run Linux."

      Microsoft: "Crap. We sued the wrong company. Refile for doom9.NET" "Go fly a kite. We run Linux as well so you have no authorization to do an 'audit'. And go fuck yourself with the DMCA. US laws don't apply in England."

      Microsoft: "Shit. Wait. Why the hell do we care if HD DVD are cracked. That's the MPAA's problem."

  • by RAMMS+EIN ( 578166 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:22PM (#17593174) Homepage Journal
    ``The Fair Use crowd has won Round One; now how will the industry respond?''

    I think at least the Blu-Ray camp will switch on their intergalactic megaphones and tout how Blu-Ray was superior all along. This whole format war is childish enough for that.

    • They use the same encryption spec don't they?
      I thought I read somewhere that this would effect blu-ray as well...
      • by pyite ( 140350 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:30PM (#17594006)
        You are correct, sir. The attack vector is the same, keys being exposed in insecure memory in the decoder/player. The encryption of AACS itself is unlikely to be cracked as it's AES, and AES is very nifty and well studied. Even if the key searching approach fails, there *are* possibilities that some sort of attacks could be waged on the AES implementation which might be vulnerable. (For instance, I wrote AES for MATLAB. It's highly likely that my implementation could be exploited for various reasons, such as cache timing attacks.)

  • by dalmiroy2k ( 768278 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:27PM (#17593246)
    You have Pr0n, cheaper hardware and blank media than Blu-ray and now you can "backup" movies, HD-DVD will be the winner of the HD format war, at least here in Argentina, Brazil or other developing countrys where piracy reigns...
  • by TechyImmigrant ( 175943 ) * on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:29PM (#17593274) Homepage Journal
    I took a look at the spec for the HD-DVD encryption. The data is encrypted with AES-128 in CBC mode. The spec states clearly that the IV is a fixed constant. CBC required the IV to no only be unique, but also random. Not making it unique and random leads to a leak of key material. I assume that this is the weakness through which the keys are being extracted.

    So rejoice. The HD-DVD media keys will be free.

    • by julesh ( 229690 )
      So rejoice. The HD-DVD media keys will be free.

      Yes, but how much processor time will be required to free them? If this guy used a 20 node overclocked Core2 Extreme cluster with 16GB RAM per node, and it took him 8 months to get the answer, then things aren't looking great for our ability to play HDDVDs on Linux any time soon.
  • What they would need is to do the decryption the the LCD pixels. Even if they do it in the LCD driver chip, recording is possible and not that hard to do, considering that one un-DRMed copy on P2P will distribute really fast...

    However, today software players running on general-purpose hardware are necessary. Without them, the market shrinks too much. And software players cannot be secure against the system administrator. The keys have to be stored somewhere.

    What I don't understand is why anybody bothers. Th
    • Which attaches to each diode in the LCD array and captures the images.

      They should give up. It's hopeless.

      There are enough honest folk to sell their content to that they can make a good living. The crooks can and will always cheat. Hiring armed guards to escort and live with each recorded disc is cost prohibitive and nothing else is going to solve this problem for them. Any content that can be played can be recorded. Period. Anything one program can do, another program can do. That is not going to c

  • Wait!!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sulli ( 195030 ) * on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:38PM (#17593394) Journal
    Don't release the crack until after the standard is settled! Now all the studios will go Blu-Ray only.
  • Couldn't the industry, if it were so inclined, just stop licensing software players? I would imagine that compared to set top DVD players, the software must be a pretty small segment.
  • Could someone please paste the pastebin contents here?
  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:51PM (#17593556)
    Quite simple. The content industry will simply dump the format, after all, there's an alternative. Now it's high time to show that BluRay is just as "consumer friendly" and break it for good, so there is no alternative left, and if the studios want to get their content to the customer, they have to accept that DRM is useless in their strife to protect their rights.

    The point is to create as much damage as possible, so the industry learns that the only one hurt by DRM are they themselves. Revoked keys mean more work, more expense, more hassle and dissatisfied customers who have to jump the hoops. This will in turn create more awareness for DRM and the problems it creates.

    We have to teach the studios that DRM is a failure. That it only generates hassle and problems for their paying customer and is no barriere or even a deterrent for the pirates. For this, the customer has to be the one hurt, too. Learn the easy or the hard way, learn about DRM by investigating or by having your tools stop working.

    Yes, that's not the usual gentle way of teaching. But appearantly some people don't learn 'fore it starts to hurt.
    • by Iphtashu Fitz ( 263795 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:33PM (#17594044)
      Quite simple. The content industry will simply dump the format, after all, there's an alternative. Now it's high time to show that BluRay is just as "consumer friendly" and break it for good, so there is no alternative left, and if the studios want to get their content to the customer, they have to accept that DRM is useless in their strife to protect their rights.

      Except for the fact that HD-DVD is cheaper for the consumer, and also has the backing of the porn industry since Sony is prohibiting porn on Blu-Ray. So consumers will continue to buy HD-DVD players to watch their porn in HD and Blu-Ray usage will continue to flounder. Sales of mainstream titles on Blu-Ray will do poorly and the movie studios won't make any money. They'll either have to offer titles on HD-DVD or give up on HD sales altogether. On top of that, it's only a matter of time before Blu-Ray protection is cracked as well. IIRC, the Blu-Ray encryption is similar to HD-DVE encryption, so it shouldn't be all that difficult.
  • Industry response? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Brave Guy ( 457657 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:56PM (#17593604)

    The Fair Use crowd has won Round One; now how will the industry respond?

    It will send in a few lawyers. After a while, they will realise that their impact is negligible in the grand scheme of things: the DRM will continue to deter casual copying to some extent, but will continue to be impotent in preventing anyone determined to make a copy and willing to spend a little time on the 'net to find out how (or download a pre-ripped version).

    Meanwhile, genuine customers will get seriously annoyed at the fact that DRM in HD-world has now moved beyond a minor inconvenience or ethical question as it was with things like DVDs, and into the realms of seriously impeding their enjoyment of the product they have legally purchased. A consumer backlash will result, with the effect that DRM becomes a "dirty word" 2-3 years from now, and distributors drop heavily-encumbered formats and go back to what works: a mostly hands-off scheme that's enough to deter casual copying by schoolkids but nothing that risks seriously impacting the marketability of their merchandise.

    On the same sort of time scales, on-line distribution will reach a critical mass, and the movie distributors will adopt a second, parallel strategy where cheap, legal, unencumbered downloads are the norm. They will make their profit from on-line users through many small incomes, rather than the larger one-offs represented by (HD-)DVD purchases today. This will render illegal distribution channels mostly irrelevant, and the damage due to illegal copying will revert to being low-level noise as it mostly was before they started their current crusade anyway.

    Hey, it's a new year and everyone else is making crystal ball predictions. Can't I have mine, too? :-)

  • by KonoWatakushi ( 910213 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:59PM (#17593648)
    New disks can be pressed with new keys, and the compromised software player will have it's key revoked. As such, this is not a generally useful solution. AACS remains secure, and at best, we may see individual keys available for certain pressings of certain discs. This approach will never provide general playback as DeCSS does.

    However, it is my understanding that the decryption process can be done by the TPM; once this is supported, the problem will be much more difficult. Make no mistake, the battle has only just begun. Before long, software based attacks may be rendered impossible.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      You're forgetting one, key principle here.

      Only one person needs to "crack" the encryption once.

      It doesn't matter, at all, that they (the "big evil guys") can revoke keys. Get one key, decrypt it, and you now have DRM free audio and video. It only takes one to fire up that BitTorrent client. Who cares if the key is revoked after that? Once you have the data, you have the data, plain and simple. All it takes is once to seed a torrent.

      Put it that way, and you can tell it's not about stopping pirates. It
    • The TPM does slow public key authentication. It doesn't have the throughput to do high data rate AES which is what's necessary to decrypt the video stream.
  • by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @02:59PM (#17593650)
    Damn! I think there must be at least 3 different "scene releases" of Serenity in various flavors of high-def by now (1080i mpeg2 cropped to 16:9, 1080i mpeg2 OAR, 1080i h264 and 25fps OAR) So now there will yet another version floating around the net soon. These greedy pirates, always double-dipping or worse to try and get people to download the same movie multiple times!
  • /. paradise (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:01PM (#17593670)
    1. Porn goes for HD-DVD
    2. HD-DVD encryption is broken
    3. The Pirate Bay will buy a country

    Put them together and you have pirated porn in HD. Note to self: add KY Jelly and a pack of kleenex to the shopping list.
  • by zappepcs ( 820751 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:04PM (#17593712) Journal
    comedy awards? This is hilarious. Spending all that money on DRM, implementing new media, only to have the encryption cracked before launch day (practically) must be like trying to nail jello to the wall using $100,000 nails. (Has Mythbusters tried nailing jello to a wall yet?)

    The real question is not how they will respond, but when will they learn?
  • youtube demo removed (Score:5, Interesting)

    by 1 a bee ( 817783 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:18PM (#17593852)
    muslix64's youtube demo [] linked from the original post has since been removed. Instead the page seems to claim that the content of his video is somehow owned by Warner Bros.:

    This video has been removed at the request of copyright owner Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. because its content was used without permission.
    Sad, but funny...
  • the lesson here... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by buhatkj ( 712163 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:26PM (#17593946) Homepage
    is never underestimate a hardcore geek with a little equipment and a decent block of vacation time....

    people have been xeroxing books for like 40 years and nobody ever made such a stink as the mpaa and riaa have. their whole thing is so wrongheaded, if they would spend all those legal fees and lawyer salaries on hiring better directors/writers/actors their profits would skyrocket. its not piracy that loses them profits, it's SHITTY PRODUCTS.
  • Analog Hole (Score:5, Insightful)

    by alexgieg ( 948359 ) <> on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:32PM (#17594036) Homepage
    Even if they one day develop a perfect DRM scheme full of unbreakable secure paths, it won't be possible to avoid someone simply removing the actual LCD screen, wiring the signals instructing which pixels should turn on and off to a 3rd party device, and recording the unencrypted content in raw format.

    No piracy is being stopped by these means. They're and will always be utterly useless.
    • by Cassini2 ( 956052 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @08:03PM (#17597138)
      Obviously, the only solution to the Analog hole is Digital Eyeballs. Everyone needs to have their eyes replaced with suitably DRM encumbered devices that are uncrackable. Then the high definition TV can be fed directly to your brain, the connection will be secure, and the MPAA will be rich!!!
  • by Robber Baron ( 112304 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:37PM (#17594102) Homepage

    now how will the industry respond?
    Probably by having their politicians table legislation that outlaws mathematics.
  • Hash information (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ougarou ( 976289 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @03:54PM (#17594292) Homepage
    For when any of these services get killed, let the record state that:
    MD5( 484a73b61fb795d84e11d72614f77db0
    SHA1(BackupHDDVD .zip)= c9f28f76ff4f1a8bfe74fa963466e8483da95eff
    SHA512(B 661a12808e64ec516b1eb9e493bf5de4a08223f2ee4258735d aa6a382a1d2e1fbe4b732bebd4133e5af0d968c0904d310f73 40e63edab7b69e1948b08
    ED2K(BackupHDDVD.z ip)= 4860e9248663d52dc47bfc98d61ec6d7
  • Fair use? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by JFMulder ( 59706 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @05:07PM (#17595144)
    Seriously, the more and more I read about "fair use" on Slashdot in conjonction with DRM for DVDs, HD-DVDs and Blu-Ray, the more I can't help but think that it's an euphemism for "piracy". Seriously, stop kidding yourselves. The majority of people who rip and burn movies are pirating them, not practicing their fair use right to show clips in schools or make backup copies.
  • by Slugster ( 635830 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @05:42PM (#17595568)
    If I can't get the crack printed as a Perl script on a T-shirt, I ain't interested.
  • Question (Score:3, Interesting)

    by slapout ( 93640 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @08:37PM (#17597476)
    I'm not totally up on all this stuff (some, but not all.) What about this: I copy a HD-DVD to my harddrive. Then I find the decryption key for it. I decrypt it and convert it to another format. Couldn't I then distribute it without them knowing what player was used?
  • Sesame open .. (Score:5, Informative)

    by AftanGustur ( 7715 ) on Saturday January 13, 2007 @10:07PM (#17598250) Homepage
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