p2pnet view DRM:- “It’s been said so many times, but I just got stung hard by the DRM bug, and since there’s a ‘Senior Associate Editor’ next to my name somewhere I get to complain about it”, writes Paul Miller (right) in an angry editorial in Engadget, going on:
“I’m pointing my quivering pen today at the media execs and their willing technologist accomplices that have the nerve in 2010 to enforce HDCP and other completely inane DRM and copy protection schemes to ‘protect’ their content from theft.”
On “protecting”, Paul, did you see this?
Then, on Pastbin >>>
HDCP MASTER KEY (MIRROR THIS TEXT!) This is a forty times forty element matrix of fifty-six bit hexadecimal numbers. To generate a source key, take a forty-bit number that (in binary) consists of twenty ones and twenty zeroes; this is the source KSV. Add together those twenty rows of the matrix that correspond to the ones in the KSV (with the lowest bit in the KSV corresponding to the first row), taking all elements modulo two to the power of fifty-six; this is the source private key.
To generate a sink key, do the same, but with the transposed matrix.
The complete code appears on the Pastbin post.
Meanwhile, “Let me tell you my story”, says Miller (he hasn’t actually mentioned Apple so far) going on:
“I bought one of your movies on iTunes. It’s called ‘An Education,’ and I’ve heard very good things. Sure, $15 is a lot to pay for a movie I’ll probably only watch once or twice (no rental option was available), but I was stuck in an airport and desperate for something decent to pass the time with.”
$15 !!!!! ????? Yup. But Miller is an Apple devotee and this is Apple we’re talking about.
Since his laptop was out of battery, “iTunes was my only option, and I attempted to download the movie directly to my iPad”. Unfortunately, he observes, “you can’t start watching a download on the iPad until it’s completed, and the slow airport WiFi only had me 2/3rds of the way before I had to board my flight”.
Oh dear. What to do?
Any port in a storm, so —-
—- The Pirate Bay.
The tale of woe continues >>>
On a personal note, I think illegal media sharing, stealing, is bad for content producers and morally wrong. I don’t buy into any of these arguments that people who steal are “taste makers” that get their friends to buy stuff, or the “stuff is too expensive / I’m too poor” whine. If it’s not worth that much to you don’t buy it, but not being able to afford something is no excuse to steal. But how can content producers ever hope to compete pushing paid wares if stolen content is easier to obtain, view, and dispose of? You don’t have to back up your purchase, that movie is always in the “cloud”; you don’t have to transcode your AAC+ file to MP3, it comes that way; you don’t have to worry about HDCP ruining your life, like it ruined mine.
So I downloaded the torrent and pulled the movie over to my iPad to play with the newly released VLC. Oh, guess what? Apple won’t let third party apps use the VGA output.
I guess that makes me the idiot?
Miller “eventually managed to view his film of choice by streaming his illicitly obtained torrent of the movie to his Xbox 360 using the excellent Connect360 for the Mac”, says Engadget, adding “He will not be asking for his $15 back.”
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