Archive for the ‘DVD’ Category

Finnish Court Rules CSS Protection Used In DVDs “ineffective”

May 26, 2007

“According to the court, CSS no longer achieves its protection objective. The court relied on two expert witnesses and said that “…since a Norwegian hacker succeeded in circumventing CSS protection used in DVDs in 1999, end-users have been able to get with ease tens of similar circumventing software from the Internet even free of charge. Some operating systems come with this kind of software pre-installed.” Thus, the court concluded that “CSS protection can no longer be held ‘effective’ as defined in law.” All charges were dismissed.”

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Chips on DVDs Could Prevent Theft

May 9, 2007

Well, prevent theft, but not piracy.

“New technology designed to thwart DVD theft makes discs unplayable until they’re activated at the cash register.

A chip smaller than the head of a pin is placed onto a DVD along with a thin coating that blocks a DVD player from reading critical information on the disc. At the register, the chip is activated and sends an electrical pulse through the coating, turning it clear and making the disc playable.”

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