Friday, May 25, 2007

Helsinki court rules DVD security is ineffective

Funny as it may sound, a Finnish court has had to rule that the DVD Content Scrambling System, an encryption system that was broken nearly a decade ago, is not an "effective" protection technology. This semantic nicety means that the anti-circumvention laws that ban the breaking of such "technological protection measures" no longer apply to CSS. The defendants' counsel, Mikko Valimaki, is triumphant at the impact this ruling could have if followed by other courts:

My understanding is that this is not technology-dependent. The decision can therefore be applied to Blu-Ray and HD-DVD as well in the future.

Those illegal numbers may mean that the new Blu-Ray and HD-DVD protection mechanisms are now legally unprotected across the European Union. Arrrrrgh! The sky is falling!

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