Studios Approve DVD Burning Technology

Thanks to Hum for posting this in BPN.

Sonic Solutions has announced Qflix: a studio-approved system to prevent piracy. It uses Content Scramble System (CSS) encryption. But wait! It hasn't been cracked (yet) and is supposed to offer a secure way for downloaded movies to be burned to DVD. Content owners will like this one; restrictions can be placed on the downloaded media. Limit the download to a one-time burn, for example. Compatible drives, media and video services will display the Qflix logo but no specific hardware or software announcements have yet been made. It seems that the enterprise side of the market will be getting the "technology" first. In-store kiosks could replace large inventories of pre-recorded DVDs, cutting down costs. Widespread legal downloading and burning of movies? Nope.

News source: BetaNews

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As with music "if you can hear it you can record it", movies are still "If you can see it you can record it." Copy protection is a joke and will always be a joke.

As many have already said here, what they're doing is exactly like boarding up the window, then reinforcing it with bars, while COMPLETELY ignoring the large and wide open door right next to it.

It's as if these companies are completely clueless to the products they themselves design...actually it could be that these companies are smart and create this **** that they know won't work just so they can make a few bucks before they are run out of business.


And whoever wrote this article needs to be shot for lack of detail. They say "It uses Content Scramble System (CSS) encryption. But wait! It hasn’t been cracked (yet)"...Um every DVD on earth uses CSS, so if they are talking about some new form of CSS it proably won't actually be called CSS.

Bottom line is irregardless of the encryption as long as you provide the key in any way shape or form it can be simulated. In the case of DVD's/DRM the key is the player itself. In order for any device or software to play any form of encrypted media that device must of course be programmed to recognize and decrypt the data and thats all you need access to in order to study and simulate the devices decoder.

During talks of copying music/DVD's people always like to gloat how you can just hook whatever player up to a computer or such and do a direct recording as the music/DVD plays...while this is true, the truth is that it is highly doubtful that people will ever be reduced to doing this. As long as you give the people access to the devices that play the media, then those devices can be reverse engineered and emulated

And the 30th use of the abreviation CSS award goes to...

This is daft though, they surely cant be that dim, do they not realise that DVD's can scratch?

deko said,
This is daft though, they surely cant be that dim, do they not realise that DVD's can scratch?
The question is... Do they care? Probably not. If your DVD scratches, then you have you buy another copy to burn.

It uses Content Scramble System (CSS) encryption. But wait! It hasn’t been cracked (yet)
what? i'm sure there are plenty of programs to do that for you... generally if you can watch it, you can copy it ;)

anyway, i expect they'll offer their own burning program (otherwise it won't recognise the DRM and update it) so it should let you reburn if it fails in the burn.

That is bull****. What if something happens during the burn process? Or what if the burned dvd got scratches?

Unless the software stores the number of times the DVD has been burned in another location (e.g. remote computer), all you need to do to get around that is a nice copy of Deep Freeze. Put the DVD image on the computer in an unfrozen state, reboot and freeze the computer... Then, all you need to do for each subsequent burn is restart the computer and poof.... No more limitations on number of burns...............................