Build a back door, pay US$8 million

Copyright owners have long wanted more stringent DRM, but consumers (to put it politely) tend not to enjoy such measures. Consumer electronics manufacturers find themselves caught in the middle, pulled in one direction by their licensing agreements and in another by the desire to sell devices that customers want. Nowhere has this tension been more on display than in the DVD business, where a whole cottage industry has sprung up to show users how to access back doors in their equipment that can disable region encoding checks, Macrovision copy protection, and even HDCP.

Copyright holders have fought back by threatening to revoke manufacturers' licenses, and have recently targeted Samsung in particular over a DVD player that was particularly easy to tweak. Build a back door, pay US$8 million

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 9th March 2006 12:37AM