Hacker cracks Netflix copy restrictions

A hacker has found a way to crack digital rights management restrictions in major movies streamed by Netflix, allowing those with a valid account to save, copy and share the videos. Using only Internet Explorer, Windows Media player, notepad and a program called FairUse4WM, a user by the name of DIzzIE offers step-by-step directions on Rorta, a message board for hackers.

The crack requires finding the URL of the video file, downloading it, obtaining the license key and then stripping out the DRM. The 14-step process sounds like a fair bit of work, even if the restrictions imposed by Netflix (requiring movies be consumed in a browser rather than on portable devices) are onerous. Translation: this hack is likely to appeal only to geeks.

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Until someone releases an automation program to do it for you with just a couple of clicks. Wrap it in a NullSoft installer package and you don't even get the hassle of extracting a zip to a folder and doubleclicking the executable...

This guy just wrote a small guide on the steps to download the WMV file from netflick.. this isn't anything special.

Xsabin said,
This guy just wrote a small guide on the steps to download the WMV file from netflick.. this isn't anything special.

Didn't know you? the term hacker is now applied to script kiddies that write guides

Netflix updated the Individualized Blackbox Component used to wrap DRM around the files - presumably in the hope it would render the hack ineffective