HD DVD, Blu-ray copy protection cracked already?

— 10:38 AM on January 2, 2007

Copy protection systems and digital rights management schemes may be becoming increasingly sophisticated, but that's apparently doing little to thwart hackers. According to a report by Engadget, the Advanced Access Content System copy protection system at the heart of the new Blu-ray and HD DVD formats might have already been circumvented—and just over eight months after the first HD DVD titles started popping up on store shelves. A video on YouTube briefly demonstrates the process, and the folks at Engadget have even tried the so-called BackupHDDVD tool themselves using an Xbox 360 HD DVD drive hooked up to a PC. They weren't able to play back the file because of problems with trial versions of WinDVD and PowerDVD, but they were nonetheless able to use the tool to save and apparently decrypt a trailer from an HD DVD disc.

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