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HDCP irreparably compromised?

September 14th, 2010 No comments

Engadget Reports:  HDCP ‘master key’ supposedly released, unlocks HDTV copy protection permanently

******UPDATE******* 9.16.10 Intel Confirms the leak is genuine.

******UPDATE******* 9.29.10 And now, BSD licensed Open Sourced HDCP Encryption/Decryption Code

If this proves to be true and then widely exploited, a whole lot of HDTV’s and BluRay players and discs will be compromised.

Compromised as in; A good compromise with consumers wherein they are licensed content they can keep for personal use with the freedom to migrate to new or more convenient playback platforms. Compromise that still means users must still abide by license terms that bar them from selling or giving away copies or using excerpts beyond the bounds of what is permitted by the rules of fair use. Compromise that increases laggard sales of BluRay content?  Just like removing DRM from iTunes music lead to increased sales and price support?

You know, compromise where both parties benefit in a reasonable and balanced way.

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