It’s not so much the threat of the litigation as what could be behind it, as far as I am concerned. The actual problem, at this point, would seem to be a need to replace all the content in consumer’s hands with the old encryption method.

That could bankrupt a few smaller companies, and put a serious crimp in the style of the larger ones.

So…if Intel does threaten under the aegis of the DMCA, that still will not stop the usage of a device that is quietly passed along from person to person, it will only stop those wanting to spread it in wildfire fashion…that is with the help of large scale advertising. (There won’t be any “Magic Crack” commercials on television, or the internet, anytime soon, with promises of complete do-it-yourself instructions and parts list – it will have to go person-to-person instead.)

[slashdot]

“Intel is apparently threatening to use the DMCA against anyone using the HDCP crack under the DMCA’s anti-circumvention clause. ‘There are laws to protect both the intellectual property involved as well as the content that is created and owned by the content providers,” said Tom Waldrop, a spokesman for the company, which developed HDCP. “Should a circumvention device be created using this information, we and others would avail ourselves, as appropriate, of those remedies.”‘”

That sounds kind of like a paper tiger threat to me, for they know that containment of this will never be easy, and quiet usage of the crack will only be noticeable when some idiot decides to try to make lots of money selling massive quantities of bootleg DVDs. Those that use this for themselves, or for a copy here and there for family members will never be in any danger of retribution.

The only thing that will happen is that a small slide in sales will occur, and who will be able to point out the encryption break as a different cause than the public’s intolerance for the worsening quality of the material on the increasing quality discs?

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