HD DVD Hacking Software Released

Feb 22, 2007  •  Post A Comment

An Antigua-based software company has released a tool that lets people hack around copyright protections on HD DVDs.
SlySoft, which previously released programs for breaking encryption coding on CDs and regular DVDs, released the software on its Web site earlier this week. Because the company is based in Antigua, it maintains it’s immune from digital protection laws.
The $79 software is called AnyDVD HD, and initial media reports suggest the tool is effective for cracking the Advanced Access Content System encoding on Toshiba’s HD DVDs. The program removes the protection and allows users to delete scenes such as previews and FBI copyright warnings.
SlySoft said it plans to release another software tool to decrypt Sony’s Blu Ray DVDs sometime this quarter.
“For the first time, it is possible for the average user to get around the previously uncrackable AACS copy protection of the new HD DVD generation with a few simple clicks of the mouse,” the company announced in a press release. “Our solution works fully automatic with all known titles, while the so-called hacker tools require laborious [effort].”
SlySoft claimed the film industry will be secretly pleased by the software, as it allows viewers “to make unlimited use of this new medium.” But the industry and the AACS have made it clear in the past that copyright violations are taken seriously.
A report by TechNewsWorld noted the cost of an HD DVD burner and blank discs make it too expensive for most users to benefit from using the software versus simply buying original HD DVDs.
HD DVD and Blu Ray are the two next-generation high-definition home video formats currently competing for marketplace dominance. Neither has yet emerged as the victor, and both sides have been criticized for dragging out the battle while consumers largely sit on the sidelines waiting for a dominant format to emerge.


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