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FOX News has reported confirmation by Intel that the High Definition Copy Protection (HDCP) code has been cracked. This code is designed to protect digital content such as high-definition Blu-ray movies, so that digitally-identical copies cannot be made from a commercial disc. The HDMI digital connections include HDCP support, for example.

According to the reports, this development is not likely to result in an explosion of pirated BD movies hitting the market. In order to take advantage of this exploit, it apparently would have to be implemented in a chip, and then installed in a device such as a Blu-ray player or a disc-duplicating machine. At this point, that seems like an expensive proposition, and there may not be enough profit available to the pirates to make the effort worth it.

Still, this does demonstrate that “locks keep honest people out” and it’s just a matter of time before just about any copy-protection scheme will fall.

Posted by Alfred Poor, September 16, 2010 6:00 AM

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Alfred Poor is a well-known display industry expert, who writes the daily HDTV Almanac. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 20 years, and now is focusing on the home entertainment and home networking markets.