Since the dawn of copy protection, every scheme worth breaking has been broken yet the cats cannot bear to give up their obsession with the mice. In the end, the bits always get away and already with today's big operating system launch, Vista appears to be no different. Wrote Corey Doctorow (my favorite crusader against DRM):
Alex Ionesco, a security researcher in Montreal, has released technical details of a hack he's developed for Windows Vista. The hack lets him subvert Windows' anti-copying technology and get a full-resolution, unencrypted high-def video stream.....As described, Ionesco's hack is quite ingenious, and it subverts the system in a way that bypasses its fail-safes. Ionesco leads technically sophisticated Free Software projects, and is a credible source of such a break....Vista launched this week, and it's already broken. As with previous multi-year DRM development efforts, this one disintegrated like wet kleenex on contact with the general public. Now that Vista, HDCP, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are all broken, it seems like the millions of dollars and thousands of work-hours sunk into these systems was mis-spent.
When will they learn?