Tuesday, January 16, 2007

HDDVD Copy Protection Circumvented

You might have heard of this new format of DVD. It's one of the two new DVD formats that offers HD content.

Supposedly, it also possessed more robust encryption, but a programmer by the name of Muslix64 found a way to circumvent it. It's not a crack of the copy protection, but it is a way to determine what keys "lock" the content and use that information to rip the movie to whatever media you like.

Arstechnica and Tech.Monstersandcritics.com present good specifics, so I won't delve into the details here, but I like how fast someone was able to yet again facemask the DRM empire, which essentially tries to sell you back your own rights to enjoy movies, music, and other media which is exploding on the ecommerce marketplace.

Yes, the links will provide you a way to download your very own copy of the source code.

Before you start mopping your drool off the floor as you anticipate downloading King Kong from BitTorrent, think of the transfer rate:

On 768Kbps DSL, it would take 57 Hours (2.375096451 Days);
On 3Mbps DSL/Cable, it would take 14.59 Hours;
On 5Mbps Cable, it would take 8.755 Hours;
On 30Mbps FTTP, it would take 1.45 Hours;
On a T3 (45 Mbps), it would take 58.7 Minutes;
On a OC-3 (155 Mbps), it would take 16.9 Minutes;
And finally, on an OC-768, it would take 3.94 Seconds.

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