February 15, 2006 | By Fred von Lohmann

Who Wants to Kick Macrovision's Tires?

In the wake of the scandals regarding the XCP and MediaMax CD copy protection mechanisms used by Sony-BMG and several independent labels, EFF asked EMI if it would allow security researchers to examine the Macrovision copy protection technologies that it uses. The goal would be to verify that Macrovision's CD copy protection software does not create security vulnerabilities for music fans. Although EMI and Macrovision claim confidence in the security of the technology, there's nothing like independent testing to verify such claims. And unless EMI and Macrovision waive their DMCA and EULA claims, researchers could face legal action for certain kinds of security testing.

Responding to our open letter, EMI has invited security researchers interested in doing security testing on its CD copy protection technologies to come forward:

However, without knowing more details about - among other things - the type of research intended, by whom and for what purpose, we cannot accept your invitation to give a public, blanket declaration in the manner you suggest. Again, we are happy to assist in advancing legitimate, focused research, but we cannot provide protection to unnamed and uncounted "security researchers."

We at EFF would like to take EMI up on its offer "to assist in legitimate, focused research." If you are a researcher interested in doing security testing on Macrovision's CD copy protection software, please contact fred@eff.org.


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

"Shadow Regulation" deals aren't the way to address online problems. Our new infographic outlines a better approach. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Sep 30 @ 2:50pm

Queens, NY! EFF will be at World Maker Faire at the NY Hall of Science this weekend. Come explore and say hi! #WMF16 http://makerfaire.com/new-york/

Sep 30 @ 1:26pm

What do you call it when companies make back-room deals to control Internet content? We call it Shadow Regulation. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Sep 29 @ 3:14pm
JavaScript license information