HD DVD and Blu-ray Now Completely Hacked, Cracked, Sacked

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The guys at the Doom 9 forum are marking February 11, 2007 as the day when digital rights management was defeated on Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. It turns out that cracking the high definition disc formats was much easier than was originally thought. The processing key that can unravel the DRM on all HD DVD and Blu-ray discs has been found by a clever encryption fighter named arnezami.

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The first-reported cracks for HD DVD and Blu-ray discs were not completely effective, because each individual title had secret codes that were needed to unravel the rest of the encryption on that disc. But now this newly-found processing key is apparently the holy grail that unlocks the DRM on all HD DVD and Blu-ray discs released so far. The guy found it by simply watching his computer memory, where the secret code—which we won't publish here for fear of doing jail time—simply appeared. Incredible. Let the free downloads begin!

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Processing Key, Media Key and Volume ID found!!! [Doom9 Forum]

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EQC -

The people who get screeners aren't "hired" by the industry, they aren't critics who are invited to view movies, and it's not a small group. The Academy is made up of people who work in the industry - actors, directors, cameramen, sound folks, editors, you name it. It's a large large group.

In addition to the Academy, there are another two dozen or so professional groups that also receive screener copies from time to time. I'm a sound effects editor for TV, and due to my very membership in my union I've gotten three screeners this year (United 93, Little Miss Sunshine, and Blood Diamond) - and I don't have any voting power!

What generally happens is that an someone gets a screener, lends it to a friend or something (because really at that point it's just another DVD on the shelf), the friend copies it and puts it online. Another possibility is that the screener went to a production company, and its distributed amongst a dozen or so individuals, many of whom have no voting power in the awards circuit.

In other words, it's not as simple as it might seem.