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Reports: HD DVD, Blu-ray Movies Hacked

8 Jul, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Copying HD DVD and upcoming Blu-ray Disc movies is apparently as “easy” as clicking the “Print Screen” button per digital image on your PC — hundreds of thousands of times.

The German computer magazine c't reportedly discovered the loophole in the heretofore piracy-proof AACS copy-protection software when testing software on both the Toshiba Qosmio G30 and Sony Vaio laptops.

Toshiba has reportedly addressed the problem with a firmware upgrade.

Although impractical to employ considering the file size of a high-definition movie, the breech is reminiscent of music CDs record labels touted several years ago whose copy protection could be circumvented simply by running a felt-tipped pen around the perimeter of the disc.

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