Format War ’06: There’s a hole in my copy protection, my copy protection, my copy protection
By Dan Moren
With every successive generation of media, technology and content companies try to make their materials increasingly harder to illicitly copy (at, we are obligated to note, the cost of the consumer). Still, sometimes it’s not the high tech methods, but the low tech methods that prove to be the greatest threat to their security.
Now, granted, taking a screenshot of every single frame of a movie might seem impractical, but mix in a little automation and
—you’ll find yourself taken out by a MPAA hit squad faster than you can say “The following preview is rated ‘R’.” Toshiba claims the next version of WinDVD (the software used to playback both HD DVD and Blu-Ray on PCs) will fix this security hole.
To the MPAA, I say this: I have a perfect frame-by-frame copy of
in my brain
. Come and get me.