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Wired: The DVD Hack: What Next?

Nov 04, 1999, 16:25 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"It all happened because DVD playback software for Linux doesn't exist. There are numerous DVD playback utilities for Windows --WinDVD, ATI DVD, Compaq DVD, XingDVD -- but nothing, nada, zip for Linux players."

"The Norwegians began trying to reverse-engineer Windows players to figure out how to handle playback. But all of the players had an encrypted decryption key ... except one: XingDVD, from RealNetworks' subsidiary Xing Technologies, had failed to encrypt its key because of an oversight."

"Some people just wanted a DVD player, but others took it a step further. They used the decryption key to create a tiny utility to remove the encryption in a DVD movie, allowing for movies to be illegally copied."

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