BD+: Blu-ray's Last DRM Defense

Threat Level’s Ryan Singel puts together a great overview of “BD+,” the as-yet-undefeated DRM system that is included as an optional secondary restriction layer on Blu-ray high-definition discs. The BD+ system, invented by the San Francisco-based company Cryptography Research, embeds a virtual machine in Blu-ray discs that play only on authorized Blu-ray players. When the […]

Playstation 3 DVR to Forgo DRM

Let’s give a nod where it’s due: one of Sony’s developers of the “PlayTV” digital receiver for the Playstation 3 has announced that television recordings will be stored in industry standard, DRM-free MPEG-2, reports Eurogamer. “We’ve talked to our legal department about it,” said Bunting. “All we’re doing is moving it out of PlayTV and […]

Quotable: Alec Meer on Official No-CD Patches

Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s Alec Meer points out the inherent rub of official no-CD patches to games that are released after the games are long in the tooth, as Blizzard recently offered for Warcraft 3: I’ve always found it fascinating when games do this after release. It’s an admission that copy protection is just an irritation […]