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BackupHDDVD, will it back up DRM? Already has!!
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 08:23
DRM for HD Disks Is Already Broken
By David DeJean
Information Weekly
The bigger they are, the harder they fall: A couple of years ago, a group of companies with big positions (or big dreams) in the media content business got together to promote the be-all and end-all of copy-protection standards for high-definition video content. Guess what. It's been hacked. Are you shocked and surprised? Neither am I. The problem isn't hackers. The problem is DRM.

The companies were Disney, Intel, Microsoft, Sony, Warner Brothers, Toshiba, Panasonic, and IBM. What they were pushing a digital-rights management system called Advanced Access Content System (AACS), a content-encryption system intended to protect HD DVD and Blu-ray discs in particular. It was going to be just like the Content Scrambling System (CSS) used to protect standard DVDs, only better, because it would allow more flexible use of content, like loading movies onto home media servers, or burning downloaded videos to disk, while making sure the content owner's rights (and profits) were safeguarded. (If you care to, you can read up on all this at

HD disks are just beginning to find their way into the marketplace, but already AACS has proved to be just like CSS in one important respect: It's been broken....

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