Finnish court rules CSS protection used in DVDs “ineffective”

Via Oikeuden edessä and slashdot:


Finnish court rules CSS protection used in DVDs “ineffective”

In an unanimous decision released today, Helsinki District Court ruled that Content Scrambling System (CSS) used in DVD movies is “ineffective”. The decision is the first in Europe to interpret new copyright law amendments that ban the circumvention of “effective technological measures”.

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It looks like the Helsinki District Court agrees with me regarding the question of whether CSS ever was any type of “Copy Protection” at all.

In a post on February 13th, 2007 I said the following:

arnezami claims to have found it [the “processing key” used to decrypt the DRM on all HD DVD and Blu-Ray Disc films] by simply watching his computer memory, where the secret code simply appeared. So if the code is sitting there in memory, does this even count as a “Hack”?

I think not.

What this means to me is that there never was any real “copy protection” on HD-DVD or Blu-Ray at all. Thus bringing into question whether ACCS is enforceable under the DMCA law.
There is no reverse engineering going on here, the user is simply reading his computers memory for freely available, unencrypted information.

AACS marketers should however be heartily congratulated for harvesting millions from their “marks” (the stupid media companies). AACS always was and still is a masterful example of the big con.