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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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RE: The definition of irony...
By omnicronx on 3/20/2008 11:49:29 PM , Rating: 2
You know, copy it. It's not like they're talking about altering the bios of the player, they're talking about bypassing the security so a computer can decode it.
And hes saying, when you put in a new store bought BD which contains new updated keys into your standalone BD player, the cracked keys will no longer work. Not sure if this is true, but i think i remember hearing something similar.

What good is a BD if you can only play it from a computer, most people don't have HDMI out, and it is very hard to set up lossless sound.

RE: The definition of irony...
By walk2k on 3/21/2008 12:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
computer players are no different than stand-alone players.

maybe you can rip the stream and convert it to DIVX or something, but only at a loss of quality.

of course that's probably what the bittorrents will do anyway.

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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