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Re: [dvd-discuss] Postage Meters and the "Right to Tinker"
On Thu, 2003-01-09 at 17:43, John Zulauf wrote:
> What is interesting to me is that the case for keyware (crack-able or
> otherwise) should be a passing issue. With increase bandwidth and
> decreasing cost of production of individually encrypted discs the life
> span of these vulnerable distributions is very short. I'm starting to
> see small market software delivered on CD-R. Add unique per-disk 1024
> bit AES encryption (just 39.95 buys you the key) of the install files
> and the whole issue evaporates. Maybe a few people would share a given
> key by cracking the online-documentation-and-help-duplicate-ID checks
> (like StarCraft checks ID's on Battlenet) but the actual risk of mass
> leakage of a master key just dies and with it the DMCA controversy.
I think that it is important for the keys to be unique, so as to
differentiate the delivery of the work from a broadcast. A common theme
in the efforts "protect" dvd movies, satellite TV, over the air TV, and
even cellphone conversations is the desire to create an oxymoronic
The Turbotax disk is like that. The distributor would like to send a
copy of the work to as many people as possible, yet selectively revoke
reception. The "signal is in the air" argument (Didn't we agree, a long
time ago, to not go there?) applies in this case, too.