Seven-line program beats DVD crypto

    Date08 Mar 2001
    CategoryCryptography
    3521
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Motion Picture Association of America is taking a closer look at a seven-line Perl script claimed by its authors to show just how "trivial" DVD encryption really is. The algorithm was written by Keith Winstein and Marc Horowitz - one . . . The Motion Picture Association of America is taking a closer look at a seven-line Perl script claimed by its authors to show just how "trivial" DVD encryption really is. The algorithm was written by Keith Winstein and Marc Horowitz - one an MIT undergraduate, the latter a former student at the Institute - as part of a two-day course into the implications of the US' Digital Millennium Copyright Act, according to a ZDNet US report.

    The DMCA makes illegal any attempt to circumvent a copyright protection system. The pair wrote to code to prove to course attendees just how easy it is to fall foul of the law.

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