The ability for content providers to specify access and prices for consumers to make copies of their HD-DVD and BluRay movies should arrive by the holiday season, according to a report from Ars Technica following up to statements made by MPAA head Dan Glickman. Glickman is a proponent of DRM interoperability and home-copying (at a price).
What’s the hold up? Well, the managed copying implementation is waiting on the Advanced Access Control System (AACS) to be finalized. The problem is, current implementations of AACS are getting hacked as fast as updates are released, and finalizing a compromised DRM specification can’t be a popular move with the MPAA or HD-DVD and BluRay manufacturers.
What will such copies cost? The HD movie price point seems to start at around $25. But of course, studios have no manufacturing or distribution overhead for copies you make yourself, and HD-DVD and BluRay get their licensing fee if you buy a blank or a blockbuster. Needless to say, any copies you make would come with their own copy restrictions and naturally be “protected” by DRM.
Even putting a disc in a drive and hitting play isn’t the cakewalk it used to be thanks to competing HD specifications and media formats. Frankly, file-sharing doesn’t necessarily have any steeper of a learning curve than understanding the difference between FairPlay and PlaysForSure, and which sites work with which devices and software.