HDCP master key leak could help kill DRM

By Emil
Sep 14, 2010
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  1. The HDCP master key, which permanently unlocks the DRM protocol on Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and displays with HDMI inputs, was supposedly leaked by Twitter user IntelGlobalPR (via Engadget). If the key is indeed legitimate, there could be major consequences for the film industry since HDCP is built into the HDMI spec.

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 628   +122

    If this is true and could play a severe part in DRMs deathnail, that would be fantastic
  3. Modena

    Modena TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 182

    Argh Matey! :D
  4. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    If there is one piece of technology I despise this sure is it
    HDCP causes soooo many headaches it is not even funny!
    I've tried to get several computers working with it, in the end I've just given up on most of them

    I can spend my time better by simply using a tool like Slysofts that has existed for a very long time now, to simply rip the HDCP protection away and get on with viewing my bought Bluray discs.
    That pirates are supposed to have such a much easier time is just a testament to how silly this game has become!

    I actually feel kind of bad because I told my brother to buy a Bluray player for his HTPC, I still have not managed to get it to work right!
    It played one movie ok but then on the next I got some stupid message about needing to change the region, even tho it was the same, I spent hours reinstalling PowerDVD (/w Bluray support) to no avail
  5. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 958   +84

    I've never been a fan of DRM! This could be a justice to the consumers and enable fair use.
  6. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    Companies need to start using their brains. Look at the ubisoft effect. Your DRM punishes legit users while pirates still get around it. Pirates will always exist, Stop punishing your paying customers for it.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,349   +122

    A general question:
    Obviously there are some pretty smart pirates, does that make pirating smart? Does it add more legitimacy (not legally, but connotatively) to pirating?
  8. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,658   +57

    kitty if I figured out a clever way to cut off your arm would you be ok with it?
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    If it can kill DRM, then it's great IMHO.
  10. they dragged me through the whole HDMI HDPC nightmare, just to create DRM secure connectivity then it turns out to be a load of rubbish because they cant safeguard the master key...

    Who can I sue?
  11. tengeta

    tengeta TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 632

    Although this is nice, chances are this means they will just move to a new plug and a new encryption, forcing us to yet again buy everything. The industry is still getting its money people, its becoming time that we go for the option of unplugging and not even fighting a war that just runs in cycles.
     
  12. but the game is so fun!


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