Hacker Strips DRM From Netflix Movies

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Ablang, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. Ablang

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    Hacker Strips DRM From Netflix Movies
    A hacker has figured out how to save streamed movies from Netflix,
    using FairUse4WM to bypass Microsoft's copy protection.
    Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
    Thursday, August 09, 2007 6:00 AM PDT

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,135735/article.html?tk=nl_dnxnws

    A hacker has posted instructions for how to save streamed movies from
    the Netflix Inc. service, undermining Microsoft Corp.'s copy
    protection technology designed to prevent people from saving the
    content.

    The hack is the latest in an escalating technical war by hackers
    against DRM (Digital Rights Management) technologies, which limit how
    music and movies can be used in order to prevent piracy.

    Netflix, which is best known for its mail-based movie rental service,
    introduced a service in January called Watch Now that lets people
    watch movies and TV shows immediately on their computer. Users can
    watch a certain number of hours of streamed content per month
    depending on their subscription.

    A hacker who calls himself Dizzie wrote late last month on the Rorta
    hacking forum that "Netflix doesn't easily allow you to save the
    flicks and watch them at your leisure because the films are entrapped
    in some ... Windows Media DRM wrapper," referring to Microsoft's DRM
    system. Word of his hack spread more widely this week in various blogs
    and Web sites.

    Dizzie goes on to detail a 14-step process that includes the use of
    FairUse4WM, a program created by another hacker about a year ago, to
    remove Microsoft's DRM from the content. He writes that the process
    for removing the DRM could take a few attempts, and the process does
    not remove the time limit imposed by Netflix on viewing the content.

    The Netflix site was down for maintenance early Thursday, although it
    was unclear if it was related to the hack. The site was back up later
    Thursday morning.

    Microsoft has updated its DRM technology twice before to block the
    effectiveness of FairUse4WM. Last month, hackers on the Doom9.org
    forum declared another victory, saying it had defeated Microsoft's DRM
    again, and the company said it was investigating.
    Ablang, Aug 11, 2007
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