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New Updated Keys For HD DVDs

The group working on security measures to protect next-generation DVDs claimed on April 9, 2007 that it had set right a security hole that enabled hackers to find the code for cracking movies on HD DVD and Blu-ray discs.

In December 2006, a hacker acquired the device key to interact with each movie disc's security key. By capturing the key, it could let the hacker make illegal copies of the movies and then circulate them. The Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Administrator, the body that supports AACS copy-protection program used by both HD DVD and Blu-ray, too announced that it was removing the exposed keys.

On April 9, 2007, the team of developers of the AACS said it deactivated those keys together with device makers and replaced them with a fresh set.

Corel Corp., owner of InterVideo that has made the popular playback software too has decided to distribute more protected versions, said Michael Ayers, chairman of AACS License Administrator. Canada.com reported this on April 10, 2007.

The device keys that go with InterVideo player are in the process of deactivation and there is now an updated version of InterVideo player, Ayers said. The company is also blocking off reach to the application's inner activities.

Prediction by a security system of hacks and the issue of new safeguards by copyright holders means the business entertainment is improving. But many say the only achievement will be an extended pull-and-lose battle between stakeholders and pirates, as per Josh Martin, research analyst of Yankee Group. News.com reported this on April 10, 2007.

There has been a hack in just three months from the release of hardware for both HD DVD and Blu-ray, which indicates that more events will follow, Martin said. People with the desire and time will always work out a crack for DRM (Digital Rights Management).

The new version of high-definition DVDs will additionally have updated keys and instructions for previous editions of the PC-playback program asking to install the software patch before playing the discs. Moreover, users who don't install the free patch will find the high-def DVDs disabled to play, Corel said.

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