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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 Bogus1 on 3/26/2008 11:00:53 PM , Rating: 2
If you keep the price of the blank media near the cost of the movie, it isn't cost effective to copy.

1 blank $15
1 hour to rip and burn (guestimate)
1 Sheet of photo paper for the cover + ink
1 clam shell
time searching for, or scanning, or creating cover art.

Personally, my time(that it takes to copy)is worth more than the cost of the $25 movie.

as always, your mileage may vary.

RE: The definition of irony...
By glennpratt on 3/27/2008 1:48:03 PM , Rating: 3
For many of us, this isn't about piracy, it's about re-encoding movies for our portable devices, streaming it to other devices in our house or backup to storage array. It's about letting me play movies I paid for on devices without HDCP encryption and a Blu-ray drive.

Most pirates don't care about HD yet anyway. The 'pirates' I know watch movies compressed far below DVD quality and couldn't care less. It's just some strange obsession with collecting movies for free.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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