Film studios that have switched to Blu-ray may have crowed a little too early because the much-praised BD+ copy protection is an ad absurdum affair now, too. With today’s release of version 18.104.22.168 of AnyDVD HD it is now also possible to make backup security copies of Blu-ray discs protected with BD+.
Richard Doherty of the Envisioneering Group will have to revise his statement from July, 2007 regarding BD+: “BD+, unlike AACS which suffered a partial hack last year, won’t likely be breached for 10 years”. It is worth mentioning that since he made that statement only eight months have gone by.
Peer van Heuen, head of High-Definition technologies at SlySoft adds: “Admittedly, we are not really so fast with this because actually we had intended to publish this release already in December as promised. However, it was decided for strategic reasons to wait a bit for the outcome of the “format war” between HD DVD and Blu-ray. On top of that, we first wanted to see our assumptions confirmed about the in the meantime released BD+ titles regarding the BD+ Virtual Machine. We are rather proud to have brought back to earth the highly-praised and previously “unbreakable” BD+. However, we must also admit that the
Blu-ray titles released up to now have not fully exploited the possibilities of BD+. Future releases will undoubtedly have a modified and more polished BD+ protection, but we are well prepared for this and await the coming developments rather relaxed”.
BoingBoing har en tråd med mer information. Bland annat verkar det som att kopior på filmer skyddade med BD+ har börjat dyka upp på olika nätverk.
Det som inte är klart är hur BD+ har knäckt, och egentligen är det inte så intressant. Det viktiga är att skyddet har eliminerats på något sätt. Man kan se den här nyheten som ett exempel på vad som antagligen kommer att hända med Adobes nya DRM-skydd.
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