Another Cryptography Expert Gets Into The Vista DRM Ring

Wired News | Vista Month: Welcome To The DRM? | Wired News has a blog about DRM in Vista, and yet again we have another person writing about something they have no clue about.  Michael Calore and Scott Gilbertson basically run down a few of the most popular posts online about Vista’s “DRM.” Here’s one of my favorite bits from the post. . . “Clearly DRM is something to think about if you’re planning to upgrade and it raises the question: is Microsoft trying to create a new monopoly on content distribution? The music labels are already realizing that iTunes … Continue reading Another Cryptography Expert Gets Into The Vista DRM Ring

Vista PMP Already Cracked?

Update on Driver Signing Bypass (Alex Ionescu’s Blog) (Via Engadget)| Alex Ionescu appears to have takin the first step to defeat that evil DRM that prevents everyone from doing everything (or something like that).  He goes through the different ways that Microsoft could patch Vista to disable his work, but ends with the conclusion that it’s unlikely Microsoft can fix it. Thoughts?  Could he really have broken PMP on today, Vista’s golden day? I doubt, but now it’s time to play the waiting game.  While playing, why not send some nasty mail to random content owners to express your dislike … Continue reading Vista PMP Already Cracked?

DefectiveByDesign’s Anti-DRM Campaign Gets Trashed by Digg Readers

Something that I personally find hilarious is that DefectiveByDesign, the Anti-DRM Group that was formed last year, is getting trashed by the growing user base that actually understands some of the problems behind content protection and DRM.  This is a very good day in the world of DRM and Digg. Here’s a few example comments from Digg about DefectiveByDesign’s upcoming Vista Launch Events in NYC. “So, the guys at defectivebydesign.org are going toi be the jackasses that pretend to be cool and nonconformist by going to a windows party and making fools out of themselves? Thanks, we reaaally needed to … Continue reading DefectiveByDesign’s Anti-DRM Campaign Gets Trashed by Digg Readers

What Content Will Be Crippled When Output in Vista?

There are tons of people out there not understanding all of this “Vista DRM”, mainly because of less than accurate media reporting.  That’s completely understandable, but lets run down a quick list here of some of the popular content out there. DVD Rip (DivX, XivD, etc) downloaded from Bit Torrent/IRC/etc:  Output at whatever resolution you want.  No restrictions.  Works the same as Windows XP. Don’t pirate stuff! DVD Rip (VIDEO_TS, ISO) download from Bit Torrent/IRC/etc:  Output at whatever resolution you want.  No restrictions. Works the same as Windows XP.  Don’t pirate stuff! WMV HD Downloads (MariposaHD, etc): Output at whatever … Continue reading What Content Will Be Crippled When Output in Vista?

"Setting The Record Straight" muslix64 on AACS

muslix64 e-mailed me this bit, as well as posted it at Doom9 and I assume various other places.  Text copied directly from e-mail. . . I spent the last few days reading a lot of articles on BackupHDDVD, reading a lot of people’s post/comments on various websites. This is the time to set the record straight about this new tool and what the impacts are. First I need to clarify some points. Revocation: In the AACS system, there is 4 types of revocation: Drive revocation Host revocation Device revocation (with MKB) Content revocation There is no such thing as “title … Continue reading "Setting The Record Straight" muslix64 on AACS

Cyberlink Responds to Alleged AACS Crack

With the HD DVD AACS Crack/Hack that supposedly happened last week, I said that Cyberlink would most likely issue some additional information on the matter.  I just got an e-mail from the people at Cyberlink with some great information.  Above all, Cyberlink is sure PowerDVD’s implementation of AACS fully protects HD DVD contents. First of all, PowerDVD complies to AACS compliance rules to ensure HD DVD contents are fully protected.  Cyberlink is confident that PowerDVD fully protects HD DVD contents. Secondly, PowerDVD does not keep “Title Keys” in system memory.  Cyberlink is not sure how the user got the Title … Continue reading Cyberlink Responds to Alleged AACS Crack

No, AACS Was Not Cracked

All that happened was the method Cyberlink to decrypt AACS used was semi-compromised.  Their implemention kept the key in memory, a key which is needed to legally decrypt the content protection.  What is likely going to happen is that specific key will be revoked, and Cyberlink will have to issue an update in order to play newer titles.  CSS didn’t have a good way to revoke the keys, AACS does. Waiting to see what Cyberlink and AACS said happened, but I don’t see that AACS was cracked. Read below for more….. Update (1/1/07): Cyberlink Responds to Alleged AACS Crack Edit … Continue reading No, AACS Was Not Cracked

CableCARD Recordings On Zune? Why The Answer Is No

Vista: no CableCARD streaming to other PCs (Ars Technica) | Ars Technica has a summery of last weeks No Streaming CableCARD Content to Other Windows PC’s, and questions the ability to transfer content to portable device… Quote:  “It’s hard to believe that Microsoft wouldn’t enable this at least for the Zune (which currently has no way to transfer video back off the device, making it “safe” for content owners), but it’s not clear exactly which parties are behind which restrictions.” While this is true from the basic consumer use standpoint, it’s not hard to get anything off a Portable Media … Continue reading CableCARD Recordings On Zune? Why The Answer Is No

Introducing Media Center Pro, a New Publication Focused on MCE

Introducing Media Center Pro, a New Publication Focused on MCE | The guys (and gals) at CE Pro have introduced Media Center Pro at new published that is focused on Media Center.  This is the magazine for “people who build, sell, install, integrate and support Media Center PCs.”  Just a bit of what’s lined up for the first issue in June is a Q&A with Microsoft’s Todd Rutherford, information about extending Media Center throughout your Home, optimizing A/V with Media Center, and more. I’m positive this will be the magazine for everyone reading this blog right now!  Stay tuned for … Continue reading Introducing Media Center Pro, a New Publication Focused on MCE

MTV Networks Unveils URGE on Windows Media Player 11 Platform

MTV Networks Unveils URGE Digital Music Service on Microsoft’s New Windows Media Player 11 Platform | MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc., and Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the public beta of URGE and the new Windows Media Player 11 beta. URGE, MTV Networks’ new digital music service, is seamlessly integrated with the new Microsoft Windows Media Player 11, and builds upon MTV Networks’ renowned music heritage, offering rich, handcrafted programming, first-rate editorial and innovative music discovery features to create a truly immersive entertainment experience. URGE is the recommended digital music service in Windows Media Player 11 beta, which … Continue reading MTV Networks Unveils URGE on Windows Media Player 11 Platform