AACS & DRM04 May 2007 in Law/Politics (Reading time: 2 minute)
The AACS (Advanced Access Content System) is the cartel responsible for the DRM (Digital "Rights" Management) behind HD-DVD disks. Recently, one of their encryption keys was leaked to the internet. While I applaud the spreading of this key, it has already been revoked, rendering it somewhat useless. I am personally quite tired of seeing the continued proliferation of software and technology designed to infringe upon my fair use rights. I don't understand how stupid the entertainment industry execs have become.
iTunes has DRM, DVDs have DRM, and now HD-DVD and Blu-Ray have been designed AROUND DRM. There will soon be a shift in the industry, and I, for one, hope the entire industry collapses. I would love to see the entertainment industry turned upside down, where the end user and content are king.
The continued infringement of fair use must not continue and cannot be sanctioned by our own government. I encourage all citizens to examine their priorities and work towards an open world, rather than continued restrictions upon what we can and cannot do.