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The first HD DVD title to hit BitTorrent networks
The results of hacked HD DVD keys turn up as HD DVDs are released on the Internet

Late last year, a hacker claimed to have circumvented the copy protection scheme used to protect HD DVD and Blu-ray content. Just over two weeks after the news broke, the online pirate community is seeing the fruits of hacker labor with the first release of a full HD DVD available for download.

The first HD DVD movie released is Serenity, which weighs in at 19.6 GB. The file reportedly is available in EVO format and is playable with PC-based players such as PowerDVD at full 1080p resolution.

Other HD DVD movies have quickly followed with the release of Pitch Black at 21.37 GB, The Chronicles of Riddick at 24.94 GB and Batman Begins at 24.76 GB. All HD DVD movies released thus far appear to retain all aspects of the original discs, including various audio options and special features.

While PowerDVD is the software of choice to play the pirated releases, PowerDVD’s developer, Cyberlink, has publically stated that it believes that its software is secure and is not a part of the exploit in extracting the title keys used to decrypt HD DVDs.

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RE: Pirated HD DVD
By Sahrin on 1/17/2007 4:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, the formats were created with the understanding that they WOULD break the copy protection. The keys for the films that have already been cracked will be black listed, so that no new films will be made that make use of them. The AACS standard was designed to respond to being cracked (as opposed to DVD's DeCSS).

RE: Pirated HD DVD
By Zurtex on 1/17/2007 5:03:31 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure how practical that is.

Firstly it's going to annoy consumers when they put their disks in and it doesn't work. Secondly the AACS specification only lists for up to 100 keys to be black listed, given how easy it turned out to find the keys that's not going to be hard to fill.

RE: Pirated HD DVD
By Furen on 1/17/2007 5:20:19 PM , Rating: 2
The format was designed so that the DEVICE keys could be revoked by simply not including them in future movies. Media keys, on the other hand, cannot be revoked unless the player's firmware is updated. Not to mention that revoking a media key would render a particular production run of a movie unplayable, which would be a very nice way to piss-off a lot of paying customers.

RE: Pirated HD DVD
By Hydrofirex on 1/17/2007 11:13:53 PM , Rating: 2
So that's what they meant when they claimed they could update them. I was thinking that didn't make much sense, but this way they at least cut their losses - and I would imagine they can update the key's on the new releases of cracked movies.

However, isn't this cat and mouse game just a stop gap to slow down piracy? In the end won't everything slowly be released? To the point though: this is nothing new and all their claims were hype.


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