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BackupHDDVD may be this generations DeCSS

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It hasn’t been completely verified yet, but a user named "muslix64" has posted an exploit in a thread on the Doom9 forum claiming he has been able to circumvent AACS, the encoding format used to protect HD DVD and Blu-ray content.

"Muslix64" claims to have completely backed up an HD DVD movie and provides a Rapidshare link to download BackupHDDVD, a small Java-based utility that aids users to backup their HD DVDs. A YouTube link to see the program in action has also been posted.

"Muslix64" describes the utility as "a java based command line utility that decrypt video files (.evo) from a HD DVD disk that you own, to your hard drive and you can play them back with a HD DVD player software."

Although much of the dirty work in backing up an HD DVD movie is done by the tool, users are still required to find their own cryptographic keys for the disc being copied. No guidance is provided to help users find the keys but the author suggests the process is trivial, which suggests some exploit in the player software or hardware exists as the keys are not meant to be easily obtained.

Although the exploit hasn’t been completely confirmed yet, if it turns out to be true it could mean a number of things. For one, it is possible that we might start seeing pirated HD DVD content. In addition, since Blu-ray also uses AACS, we might see a similar crack be released for Blu-ray movies in the next couple of weeks.

"Muslix64" claims the tool works on his XBOX 360 external HD DVD player, but that the software should not be limited to just one specific player.

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great news if true
By johnsonx on 12/28/2006 1:22:28 PM , Rating: 5
This is potentially great news. I think a significant percentage of people will not be willing to move to either HD disc standard until there are software tools available to repair the damage inflicted by DRM.

RE: great news if true
By vhato on 12/28/2006 1:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
Could not have said it better myself.

RE: great news if true
By Marlowe on 12/28/2006 2:49:09 PM , Rating: 3
Haha! Just as The Inquirer wrote two days ago!

"HD disk format wars are over - A clear victor emerges - Piracy!"

Lol :D

RE: great news if true
By codeThug on 12/29/2006 12:01:42 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the pointer. That article made my day.

RE: great news if true
By wien on 12/29/2006 5:52:20 AM , Rating: 2
If you don't want DRMed content, why would you even consider buying it? Even if you crack it at home, the execs at MPAA and RIAA won't get the message if we complain and complain, but still keep buying their crippled stuff.

If you want to support the creators, buy a DRM-free version on CD/DVD, and pirate the MP3-encoded/high-resolution version of said content. (I know DVD also has DRM, but that scheme is far less restrictive, which kind of proves my point. We ate the DVD DRM raw, so now we're getting a "new and improved" scheme for the next generation.)

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