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  • Digital Rights Management is the association of rules governing use and use consequences with digital information of all kinds and the enforcement of those rules at a distance in time and space.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

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Stephen

Bob,

I am not surprised! I knew that this would happen sooner than later. There are many developers outside of the DRM and media industry circles and independent programmers, hackers and researchers looking for such challenges. Some have even made HD-DVD and BluRay discs play in Linux using an open source player on a non-HDCP complaint monitor!

Additionally, this continues an over 20 year history of DRM being hacked. In fact, many arcade games in the 1980s and 1990s were copy protected and they got broken. The same thing happened with floppy disk protection and network software authorization. All the DMCA's in the world and confidentiality agreements are not going to stop a determined hacker. As with many DRMs, once it is broken it is very hard to simply revoke keys and expect that that will fix it for long (it did not seem to effect CSS and AACS for example).

Next of all, the news of a hack makes more people to download it so that the by the time lawsuits are filed the genie is far away from the bottle.

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