When DVD Jon published an exploit for the DVD Content Scrambling System (CSS),
the media companies designed an advanced mechanism for the next generation
of high-definition DVDS (HD-DVD and BlueRay).
The new mechanism has also been exploited. The 'key' blasted across
Usenet was in response to the MPAA pulling posts on a blog listing the
group of hexidecimal digits that is the 'key' to the exploit. As a result
of the MPAA actions, various individuals have been spreading the key
far and wide on Usenet and the internet, even including it as metadata in
A lot harder to serve a takedown notice on usenet.
On Wed, 02 May 2007 21:39:42 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Lurndal)
Maybe someday the MPAA will get a collective clue and realize that
every time they try strongarm tactics, it backfires on them. The
fastest way to guarantee that the HD-DVD key will be distributed so
far and wide that nobody can ever control it again is to tell people
they can't do it.
There is a certain integer that will allow you to UNLOCK the HD DVD
protection scheme. You use the integer ("the key") in a program to
unlock the DVD.
DIGG.com was asked by a copyright holder to remove the integer
from a post. No sooner did they do that, then another one was posted.
They fought this for several hours (according to them) and decided
to "throw in the towel". They say that if the copyright holder comes
after them for allowing the key to be posted and it brings down
so be it.
For me, I do believe that unfettered copies of copyright material is
great for the single individual who actually OWNS that material and
very bad in the hands of those who want to exploit it for a profit. I
tend to think of it in this way - if you download a song from a
free website that was posted illegally, how is that different
than if you went into the local music store and stole a CD?
Does one song make it a "less" crime then stealing 12 songs?
Same for movies. I want the ability to do make copies of movies
that I own, but I certainly don't expect that to apply that reasoning
to making copies of movies that I either sell or pass along to
10 or 20 "friends".
My 2 cents.
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