DRM News: The DVD War Against Consumers (BusinessWeek)

David H. Holtzman of Business Week writes:

Makers of new DVD players are going too far in copyright protection efforts, but buyers needn't take it lying down

...these new disks are packed full of copy-protection functions, some of which impair our ability to use the content we pay for, the way we like and are legally entitled to.

...there's an ominous feature buried in this so-called protection mechanism: If a particular brand of player is cryptographically "compromised," the studio can remotely disable all of the affected players. In other words, if some hacker halfway across the globe cracks Sony's software, Sony can shut down my DVD player across the Net.

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