Integrated iTunes DRM hack released

— 3:18 PM on January 5, 2004

On the heels of news that prosecutors won't pursue an appeal of Jon Johansen's copyright infringement acquittal, the programmer has integrated his iTunes DRM crack into the open source VideoLAN media player.

Johansen deduced that the system key that locks the locked music to a single Windows computer is derived from four factors: the serial number of the C: drive, the system BIOS version, the CPU name and the Windows Product ID.

"When you run the VideoLAN Client under Windows it will write the user key to a file. The user key is system independent and can thus be used by the GNU/Linux version of VLC," he explains.

The DRM exploit won't let anyone steal music from the iTunes Music Store, but it effectively removes restrictions on tracks that have been purchased.
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