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Protection for High-Def DVDs Fixed

Apr 12, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Two months after a company released hacking software for HD DVD and Blu-ray discs, the group behind digital copy protection said it has plugged a hole to re-secure the products.
Users of PC-based playback devices will have to download patches to play high-def DVDs with the new encoding, according to a statement by Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator. Users of HD DVD and Blu-ray stand-alone players will not be affected.
The AACS LA first acknowledged that certain access-key coding had appeared on Web sites back in January. The keys allowed savvy users to strip the discs of copy protection and freely distribute the films online.
In February, the Antigua-based software company SlySoft, which previously released programs for breaking encryption coding on CDs and regular DVDs, released hacking software for the next-generation discs on its Web site.
Though fixed for now, users on the Web site AVS Forum predicted the “fixed” discs will quickly be hacked as well.
“This is going to be a ‘Groundhog Day’ scenario for the movie studios,” one user wrote. “The response time of AACS LA may quicken in the future, but is it really going to matter? Who honestly believes AACS can be remedied quicker than the pirates can remedy their hacks?”
In an Associated Press story about the fix, an AACS spokesman acknowledged the company expects future hacks to occur and that such assaults will be similarly fixed.

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