Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Fears over digital rights software

Blu-Ray vs HD-DVDAccording to the Guardian, "BSkyB has suspended its broadband download service, which allowed users to watch films and sports clips, while Microsoft works on a secure version of DRM." They could be waiting rather a long time…

The studios producing films for the next-generation Blu-Ray and HD-DVD digital video disc formats have stopped the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system playing discs at all on 32-bit processors (the majority of personal computers being sold even today). This is because the 32-bit Vista allows unsigned device drivers to run in the Vista kernel and hence circumvent any DRM controls on access to restricted content. In plain English, 32-bit Vista DRM is completely insecure by design. Does BSkyB know this?

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