Earlier this month a hacker named muslix64 claimed to have cracked the AACS protection used in HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs.Muslix64’s hack first surfaced on December 18 on YouTube, showing the decryption of an HD DVD movie, and promising more details soon.
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Muslix64 posted a link to his source code at the Doom9 forum.
According to reports, the software is rough and only supports a handful of HD DVD titles, but it does seem to bypass the AACS protection. The software enables users to “backup” high-def video from HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs to a hard drive. Playback reliably of saved files has not been confirmed.
As a movie collector I am hoping the MPAA will learn that Copy Protection is not working. It is a long shot but maybe the MPAA will look at what customers want, which is not Copy Protection, and offer open media at reasonable prices. This would allow customers to backup purchased media and freely add it to a home theater PC or iPod without cracking the Copy Protection. I know this is a long shot, but I am hopefully. I believe this will not increase piracy and will have a positive effect on profits.