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Latest Blu-ray Disc copy protection circumvented by PC software

Although Hollywood movie studios have little choice in which format they release their high-definition content, companies such as Disney and Fox chose Blu-ray Disc for its added copy protection features.

Since the AACS copy protection scheme was defeated, Blu-ray Disc had BD Plus (BD+), launched in June 2007 as a secondary protection method.

Like any other software protection scheme, however, it was only a matter of time before BD+ would be circumvented. In the latest version of SlySoft AnyDVD HD, released on Wednesday, the top new feature notes that the software can now remove the BD protection from Blu-ray Discs. The release note also mentions that the removal of BD+ increases compatibility with titles released by Twentieth Century Fox.

Effectively an embedded virtual machine inside player hardware, BD+ allows content providers to include executables on Blu-ray Discs to perform specific, content protecting functions. For example, the BD+ virtual machine could run diagnostics on the host environment to see if the disc player has been modified, or to verify that the keys have not been changed.

As part of the BD+ scheme, video may be deliberately corrupted or modified to prevent the ripping of the data stream for piracy purposes. The BD+ environment, once verified, will correct and descramble the content to render it viewable.

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here we go again
By denass on 3/20/2008 11:33:40 PM , Rating: 2
The big thing most are forgeting is if BD decides to change or modify the copy protection will it cause more headaches --stand alone instability problems.There is enough problems already with players having to be firmware updated.I think it would become a vicious circle with more players having more problems playing discs.Some stand alone manufactures are not on the ball keeping up.The possibility for players to not even be able to play the discs is a very real possibilty.

RE: here we go again
By ATWindsor on 3/21/2008 6:42:43 AM , Rating: 2
If they want to make life bad for their paying customers by continuing the "war" in that fashion, let them. Then hopefully more people will see that the protection is nothing but a hassle for the paying costumer.


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