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RE: [dvd-discuss] Re: TurboTax for free?
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- Subject: RE: [dvd-discuss] Re: TurboTax for free?
- From: "Richard Hartman" <hartman(at)onetouch.com>
- Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 11:18:26 -0800
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- Thread-topic: [dvd-discuss] Re: TurboTax for free?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ole Craig [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 9:48 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: [dvd-discuss] Re: TurboTax for free?
> On 01/08/03 at 09:12, 'twas brillig and Richard Hartman scrobe:
> > >
> > > But lo and behold, the keyblock itself is itself
> encrypted. To decode
> > > the DVD, i have to have bought a player. Authorization is denied
> > > despite the sale. To obtain authorization, I must buy a player.
> > ... a _sanctioned_ player. Which Jon did not when
> > he wanted to view his DVDs on his Linux box ...
> > >
> > > So, I go down to the electronics store and secure myself
> a player. As
> > > it fits my legal strategy, I make sure this acquisition
> is obtained
> > > with cash, rather than sleight of hand. A few hours
> later, in the wee
> > > hours of the morning, I secure myself a large DVD
> collection--and all
> > > with the approval of the CCA's legal department.
> > >
> > ... but you've relegated poor Jon to prison for
> > circumventing the DVD protection when he views
> > his DVDs on his home-brewed Linux player. Isn't
> > that what we've been fighting against?
> Somehow, I suspect that Jon did not construct his DVD hardware
> out of spare parts, but rather bought a mass-manufactured DVD drive
> from one of the DVDCCA cartel participants. I am sure that drive came
> with a key. So Jon was doubtless in possession of a key, nu?
It's the player key that's significant. Some of
the early software players used a compromised key
from (who was it ... Ving or something like that?)
Others just brute-force discovery of a key. Either
way there is a non-legitimate key involved in the
open-source DVD players.
-Richard M. Hartman
186,000 mi/sec: not just a good idea, it's the LAW!