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Blu-ray Managed Copy Coming in 2010

Managed copies will be protected with AACS DRM or Microsoft DRM. Apple hardware isn't covered.

Consumers will soon legally have the right to make one copy of each Blu-ray disc they own. However, there won’t be Blu-ray players that allow them to do so until the first or second quarter of 2010.

The Advanced Access Content System License Authority (AACSLA) has finalized digital rights management (DRM) specifications that allow for limited “managed copies” of Blu-ray discs to be made by consumers. Studios, which will have the option to charge for the copies, have to sign the AACS license agreement by Dec. 4, 2009.

Current Blu-ray players don’t allow copies to be made, so it will be a while before manufacturers begin to roll out players with that feature. They don’t legally have to offer that feature, but consumers will undoubtedly be clamoring for it.

The number of copies that consumers will be able to make will be determined by the studios, but the studios will be required to allow at least one copy. The copies can apparently be made from a menu that is right on the Blu-ray disc.

The “managed copies” that consumers make will be protected with AACS DRM or Microsoft DRM. Apple hardware isn’t covered by the agreement.

Blu-ray DRM has been a hotly-debated issue, dating back to the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD showdown, which Blu-ray obviously won.

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Tom LeBlanc, Senior Writer/Technology Editor, CE Pro
Tom has been covering consumer electronics for six years. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication. Now, as senior writer/technology editor of CE Pro magazine since 2003, he dabbles in all departments and offers expertise in marketing. Follow him on Twitter @leblanctom.

4 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by soundzilla  on  06/13  at  10:14 AM

AnyDVD HD already does this. All this is such a waste of time, resources and money. These movie companies are making the same mistakes the music industry did. They learned nothing from the 1990s. They assume everyone’s a pirate and ignore the fact that people like me, who have paid thousands of dollars re-buying their content just to have them in the latest format, have no desire to share or pirate anything. I just want the freedom to take a movie I purchase and put it on my Media PC or iPod for convenience. One copy will get only give me one format. Who decides what that is? Is Paramount going to decide whether I can watch on my iPod or PC? Are they going to restrict PC playback resolution? When people bought vinyl records they often used to put them on cassette tape to listen in the car. What if the record companies had been allowed to force people to use 8-track instead of cassette for their “one copy”?  What if they had forced vinyl recordings down to AM radio quality? This whole exercise is a paranoid waste of time brought on by greedy lawyers and executives looking to squeeze every last drop of profits from a public that is already happy to buy their product once.

Posted by c-not-k  on  06/13  at  02:12 PM

I mostly agree, Soundzilla. What this rule will (hopefully) do is allow manufaturers like Kalidescape and Axonix to provide that functionality legally. I, too, want a media server, but only when I don’t have to fear the vendor going out of businees due to the studios.

No doubt the landscape for content delivery is changing.Hopefully this will make things better and not worse.

Posted by boogersonyourBD  on  06/16  at  10:12 AM

I will keep on rippin’ them to my server and getting rid of the F’n annoying ads and previews.
There are too many lawyers in the town of Hollywood trying to justify their existence.

Posted by Jeff Galea  on  06/16  at  12:59 PM

High quality download is the future of this industry - hopefully this helps take us in that direction.

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