"Intel: Leaked HDCP copy protection code is legit"
CNET (September 16, 2010)
"Intel has confirmed that code posted to the Internet earlier this week is the master key that is part of an Intel-created standard used to make sure only authorized devices are playing copyright-protected movies.
" 'We can use it to generate valid device keys that do interoperate with the (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) protocol,' Intel spokesman Tom Waldrop told CNET today.
"HDCP is used in set-top boxes, DVD, and Blu-ray disc players, and other devices to encrypt the content, audio, or video, and verify that the devices have HDCP licenses and thus won't play pirated content...."
That's the bad news.
The good news is that a leaked master key is:
- Not the end of civilization as we know it
- Unlikely to keep us from using DVD and Blue-ray media
And that's something the Lemming has opined on before.
- "Ghana, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Information Age"
(July 8, 2010)
- "Intellectual Property Rights: Yes, They Matter"
(June 13, 2010)
- "RIAA, MPA and Verizon Against Information Pirates - I Hope"
(January 21, 2010)
- "Dealing with Content Theft: A Pretty Good Idea"
(July 6, 2008)
- "Recording Industry May Not Ruin Minnesota Woman: Music-Sharing Trial May Go Another Round"
(May 17, 2008)