Posts filed under DRM

HDCP Master Key Leaked

The High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) key was leaked onto the Internet. This master key can be used to decode encrypted traffic between certified / licensed devices. No encryption means that the content (mostly movies) can be copied, and/or played on non-licensed devices.
A while back, another copy-protection key was leaked. That key was for BluRay (BR+) titles. This HDCP key is the, so-called, mother-load.

Posted on September 20, 2010 and filed under DRM, Security.

Hollywood's Next DRM Failure in the Making

Later this week several Hollywood-related companies will announce a new digital media distribution system that's suppose to ignite digital downloads of movies (and possible other digital content). They call it DECE (Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem). The key-feature being 'portability'.

This time a name without 'protection' or 'rights' in its name, but the result is much the same.
In the 'old' days DRM was implemented by protecting the resource with a key, and if you had the proper 'key' on your device the content was playable. Downside was that playback was mainly limited to only one device, or it was OS/player dependent (Windows -> Windows Media Player, or Apple iTunes, OSX -> Itunes).

If you wanted it to play on another device you had a problem, since you lacked the proper key to 'unlock' the digital content. Thankfully Apple has lot's of DRM-free mp3's in it's iTunes store, but not everything (like the movies / TV Shows) is DRM free, or watchable on lots of devices.

Posted on January 4, 2010 and filed under Copyrights, DRM, Movies, News.

Original DVD's.....

Band of Brothers Band of BrothersWhy buy them? I bought a couple of movies in the last couple of weeks. Including the 'Band of Brothers' DVD-box (probably the best TV-miniseries ever). Just to be reminded (again) that the original product (in general) is annoying as hell.

I started the DVD, and the first thing that I saw were some crappy trailers of crappy movies. The menu appeared only after I had FFWD'ed every single one of them.
After watching the first episode I wanted to quickly skip to the second.... No way of doing that besides stopping and starting the DVD from scratch. Which results in trailers etc. of the same (crappy) movies I have no interest in..... Every f*cking button, which might guide me to the menu, on my remote was unresponsive.

First thing on my list when I wake up tomorrow; rip the DVD's, remove every piece of DRM crap and enjoy the remaining episodes my way.
Honest people are hijacked by the MPAA (and associates) by forcing all this DRM crap upon those who buy legitimate DVD's. No wonder people are ripping and copying DRM protected content.

Every now-and-then you try to do the good thing, only to be reminded why you were ripping DVD's in the first place......

Posted on October 9, 2008 and filed under Annoying, DRM, Movies, Personal.

Photoshop CS3 Watermark / Frame Action

Ever since I started uploading photos onto the Internet I needed a way of 'protecting' my images. I could choose to upload a very small photo, with terrible JPEG artifact, but that's not the way you want to be remembered. Especially today. Today we have the bandwidth and the online storage to upload large images, so why not do that.

If you don't want that other people (or companies) to (financially) benefit from your hard work (1, 2, 3), you may want to 'tag' your photos. Just to make sure who created the original image.

When you shoot lot's of photos and share them with others on the Internet, you don't want to manipulate each photo. You would want to automate this.

Thankfully, there are numerous programs out there that can do such a thing. Some are free (free as in speech, and free as in beer), and others are commercially available.

Posted on August 1, 2008 and filed under DRM, Photography, Software, Tips'n Tricks.

AACS 'Advantages'

The last couple of days were all about the leaked key for decrypting HD-DVD movies. This made me curious about the technology, so I headed to the AACS LA website. There's variety of white papers available, which explain the AACS concept. The same papers were used by musilix64 in making his first breakthrough on circumventing the AACS protection. But there is more to be found on their website... There's even a section which explains the Consumer Benefits of AACS.
  • Support a superior viewing experience delivered by next generation media formats AACS is added to the content. The content itself will probably 'work' better without AACS.
  • Enable greater flexibility to manage distribute, and play entertainment content on a wider range of devices This is a 'feature' for the publishing companies. Without the restrictive AACS protection, the content can be played on virtually every device. With AACS protection 'they' control on which device you can play the content.
  • Enable groundbreaking home entertainment choices and the ability to use content on PCs and a range of CE devices AACS is added to the content. The content itself will probably 'work' better without AACS.
  • Work across a variety of formats and platforms Five letters: L I N U X. AACS protected movies CANNOT be played on Linux. Only movies without the protection can be player on certain Linux players.
Posted on May 4, 2007 and filed under Annoying, DRM, Security.

More on the HD-DVD Key

The MPAA will have serious problems removing the key from the Internet. Even Google has received a letter to remove the links from their databases. Somehow, these retards have the idea that you can copyright a number. As the word spread yesterday the articles started showing up on is a popular website where you can submit 'news', and others may rate it and comment on it. Within minutes the stories about this key got thousands of 'diggs'. This resulted in the fact that the moderators on Digg removed the posts. Result: Mass uproar. Kevin Rose (the Digg founder) wrote the following on his Digg blog:
But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be. If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.
I think that's the right attitude towards this. Hopefully, the MPAA will come to its senses (not likely), and stops harrassing the consumers with their lame-ass copy-protection. It would even be better to abandon the 'turn every consumer into a criminal' DMCA bill completely, but that's another story.... Just to be sure you got the right key:

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

Posted on May 2, 2007 and filed under Copyrights, DRM, News, Personal.

Illegal HEX codes

As some of you might know, the protection of Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD movies is based on a 'secret' key. You need the key to watch protected movies. The (software)players for these movies are able to 'decrypt' these keys from the disc containing the movie. So you already have these keys on the disc. They (the movie companies) just try to hide them from the user (security through obscurity). This is not strange that they use this scheme. It's just the way DRM works on these discs. Due to the lame-ass DMCA law in the United States, it's ILLEGAL to try to find the key on the disc :???: . Somehow a HD-DVD key got discovered (or leaked), and it's going around the great Internet. Several websites have been approached by lawfirms to take the pages down. This key is represented by a hexidecimal code. How the hell is it possible to declare a hexidecimal string illegal?? The same string can also be represented by a different format (e.g. BASE64). Is this also illegal? Since we dont know other hex keys for decrypting copy protected content, every other string of hex codes might also be illegal. Image this; what if the 'next' key might represent the number pi (03 14 15 92 6.....)? Does that mean that all math books need to be burned? Just another example of the fucked up DMCA law in the US. B.t.w. wondering what the last part is of the key... just use Google to search for "09 F9 11 02 9D".... Google knows he rest.
Posted on May 1, 2007 and filed under DRM, News, No Way!!!, Security.

Finally, No More DRM

EMI has discovered that DRM is hater by most of the consumer market, and therefor will release their music with the hated DRM. Now it's waiting for the other big players in the music industry (Sony, and Universal). Apple's iTunes will be the first to offer these unrestricted downloads. Note that the new downloads are a bit more expensive, but this includes much better quality (256kbps AAC versus 128kbps AAC). The older versions (with DRM) will still be available, but are also 30 cents cheaper (99 cents versus 1.29). If you have purchased DRM protected songs (released by EMI),you can 'upgrade' them for a lousy 30 cents a song.
Posted on April 2, 2007 and filed under DRM, News.

Dutch Online Music Store Stops

The Dutch download store closes its virtual doors. Reason; Too many complaints about the restrictive DRM. So it doesn't just limit the average consumer in playing their favorite tunes, but it also puts people out of a job...... The dutch site isn't the only online music download store. The German reveiled that most of their complaints (75%) are about the restrictive DRM. Will the music industry ever learn?
Posted on March 29, 2007 and filed under DRM, News.