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It was only ever a matter of time — while difficult to confirm, it looks like the AACS DRM meant to protect HD-DVDs (and Blu-Ray disks) from unlicensed copying has been cracked. The tale of Muslix64 is particularly entertaining, as is the rockin’ YouTube movie demonstrating […]

It was only ever a matter of time — while difficult to confirm, it looks like the AACS DRM meant to protect HD-DVDs (and Blu-Ray disks) from unlicensed copying has been cracked. The tale of Muslix64 is particularly entertaining, as is the rockin’ YouTube movie demonstrating the command line program in action.

December 6:

I just bought a HD-DVD drive to plug on my PC, and a HD movie, cool! But when I realized the 2 software players on windows don’t allowed me to play the movie at all, because my video card is not HDCP compliant and because I have a HD monitor plugged with DVI interface, I started to get mad… This is not what we can call “fair use”! So I decide to decrypt that movie. I start reading the AACS specification I have found on the net. I estimate it will take me about 4 weeks of full time job to decrypt that. I was wrong, it was in fact, easy…

In order to watch a copy of Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, someone went from frustrated customer to DRM cracker in what appears to be a few days. While it’s clearly an advanced-user method at this point, it could be the start of something bigger. According to the reports, the crack is an open source Java application, and it’s been tested with the external XBox 360 HD-DVD drive. Engadget is testing the crack. An update to version 1.0 has been announced for Jan. 2.

  1. […] The HDTV Blogger has found a tracker distributing the torrent of an HD version of the movie Serenity, resulting in an Internet-wide nerdgasm. The 19.6GB file is apparently in full 1080p resolution with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, and is playable in PowerDVD or WinDVD. This means that AACS is now officially obsolete — the encryption key for Serenity was posted in the BackupHDDVD thread a few days ago at the Doom 9 forums. […]

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  2. [...] was at the end of last year, the first chink in HD-DVD and BluRay discs’ AACS copy protection technology appeared. Then the first copies of HD-DVD and BluRay content popped up on file sharing networks and torrent [...]

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  3. [...] copy protection got cracked a good year ago; Blu-Ray promised Hollywood stronger protection with it’s own BD+ protection scheme. This [...]

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