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Cracking the Blu-ray/HD-DVD code

Cracking the Blu-ray/HD-DVD code

It's a widely accepted axiom that any new media format or copy-protection scheme will be cracked sooner or later (usually sooner). So it comes as no surprise that the copy protection on the new high-definition Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats is one step closer to being opened up, mere weeks after Blu-ray's debut.

HD Beat reports that when a Blu-ray or HD-DVD disc is being played on a PC (such as the Sony VAIO RC310G) using the HD version of Intervideo's WinDVD software, individual frames can be captured in full resolution by hitting the Print Screen key. This by itself doesn't do anyone much good, but hypothetically, you could automate the process of capturing each frame and reassembling it into a high-definition copy.

This particular software hole should be patched soon, but it's clearly the first step in what will be a long dance between hackers and hardware vendors.