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17 September 2010, 09:30

Intel responds to HDCP master key leak

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According to a report from CNET news, Intel has responded to the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) master key code leak. Confirming that the leaked key code is genuine, Intel spokesperson Tom Waldrop said that the company has tested the code and it does work. However, Waldrop goes on to point out that the HDCP encryption system requires keys to be implemented in hardware. The leaked code would, in theory, make it possible for manufacturers to build devices that would play HDCP protected content without having to pay licence fees to obtain the technology, but any media mastered using the system remains just as effectively encrypted.

Waldrop says that Intel would certainly take action against any hardware manufacturers that tried to use the leaked code, saying that "We believe that this technology will remain effective. There's a large install base of licensed devices including several hundred licensees that will continue to use it and in any case, were a device to appear that attempts to take advantage of this particular hack there are legal remedies, particularly under the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)."

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