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Copy-Protection Game Changes From Whac-A-Mole to Keep Away

EFF IN THE NEWS
July 18, 2007

You could hardly have asked for a clearer demonstration of the futility of copy protection than the events of the past three weeks. The DVD-encryption key that sparked a user rebellion on Digg in early May is now largely moot. Despite having been posted to hundreds of thousands of websites and garnering attention worldwide, the key is now useless, because the industry group that oversees HD DVD and Blu-ray copy protection has changed its encryption scheme to use a different one...

"It apparently was highly controversial (for the AACS Licensing Administrator) to send the legal threat letters," says Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "I assume they would need to have consensus before they could step up to any lawsuits. And, in any event, it's too late for this key -- it's been immortalized as an internet celebrity thanks to the first legal threats, and will likely outlive all of us, no matter how many lawsuits are brought."

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