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Another AACS Key Crack

Remember that AACS encryption key I wrote about a few weeks ago--the one that could be used to unlock HD DVD or Blu-Ray movies and copy them to a computer? Remember how the trade group behind this encryption said it had already solved the problem by using a different key in new releases?

Well, it looks like yet another AACS key has been hacked, as the Freedom to Tinker blog writes today.

It's not the end of the high-def world, though. This key will be retired and replaced with another, which will get hacked at some point, which will be retired and replaced with another, which will get hacked at some point...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 18, 2007; 6:01 PM ET
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The problem with DRM is that there has to be a 'window' in the DRM that will allow the program to actually function on the electronic player. As long as there is a 'window' the DRM will be cracked. There are two questions related to HD (HD and Blu Ray) DVD DRM and cracks:
1. When will the MPAA concede that DRM only hurts the legitimate users of HD DVDs? and
2. Why would anyone want to crack a HD DVD disc which are 25+ gigs and larger? File sharing a movie this size is impractical, and the DMCA prevents the lawful backup of scratch prone discs to a hard drive anyway.

I would like to see DRM go away for good. As a consumer it makes it harder for me to have a choice of playback equipment, and DRM does nothing to the playing experience.

Posted by: Mark Serbin | May 18, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Heaven help the generation who refuses to pay for their own way and take personal responsibility for supporting the artists and movies they like. I have a friend who was in an indie band in the 1990s and used the boorish self-centered behavior of the filesharing generation as the reason he has a day job that doesn't involve making music for others to hear. Musicians are already asking "Why bother?" What will happen when directors do?

Posted by: DCer | May 19, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Willingness to pay has nothing to do with fair use. You're talking about copyright. This issue has to do with consumers maintaining the rights to media they purchase that they've always had.

The courts have upheld the right of consumers to "space shift" (copy) media they purchase to other formats for their own use. Needless to say, the media companies would rather that you have to start paying them for new copies, instead.

This isn't about supporting artists. It's literally about endless greed. When do companies have to start taking responsibility for the impact *they* have on our society, and for delivering what people pay for?

Posted by: Jonathan | May 19, 2007 11:48 PM | Report abuse

If your friend made music that was any good, people would pay to own it and pay more to go see them play live. For most people, myself included, the economics of being a professional performer don't make any sense. I've considered it. It would be like playing the lottery. There is no reason for me to play the lottery and most likely end up broke when I know I can get a good job. If I loved performing that much, I'd do it anyway in my free time. I don't so I'm just a hobbyist.

Posted by: slar | May 20, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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