BitTorrent Well, it didn’t take long… the 1st HD DVD Movie has been leaked onto BitTorrent.  This comes less than one month after BackupHDDVD was released. When BackupHDDVD was released, there was a bit of a controversy over whether or not it did anything… well turns out it does.

The first movie to appear over BitTorrent is Serenity. Before you get all excited and go search for the download, take into consideration that the torrent is a 19.6 GB file in EVO format.  It will take forever to download a file that size! It may be a bit better if you’re on the Verizon FIOS network, but even still, is it really worth it? You could save the hassle and just go buy the HD DVD movie at the store! The EVO format of the movie should play on PowerDVD, and WinDVD with HD DVD playback.

I guess this goes to prove that nothing is totally secure. No matter how secure they try to make it, someone will always find a way to crack it. It is also rumored that Batman Begins, Chronicles of Riddick, 12 Monkeys, and King Kong have been decrypted and will show up on torrent sites. It was only a matter of time…

News Source: HDTV Blogger

There Are 6 Comments

  1. Now what we need is something like DVDShrink but for HD DVD. That 19 GB file would be a slim 9.5 GB. It would only take half-of-forever to download it. :P

  2. It was only a matter of time. There is no such thing as effective DRM, and there never will be. Honestly, every company that uses any form of DRM should just give it up. They spend so much money developing and licensing the software, and it doesn’t stop anyone from pirating. All it does is occasionally annoy legitimate users who just want to use their fair use rights.

  3. MetaMan wrote:
    It was only a matter of time. There is no such thing as effective DRM, and there never will be. Honestly, every company that uses any form of DRM should just give it up. They spend so much money developing and licensing the software, and it doesn’t stop anyone from pirating. All it does is occasionally annoy legitimate users who just want to use their fair use rights.

    It’s the fair use that worries them, not the piracy. Check out [arstechnica.com]

  4. Thank you, CoryC, for that article. I always find such things interesting. I would like to point out, though, that I was not only talking about media DRM, but software DRM as well. Software DRM is used to stop piracy (ineffectively). I should not have grouped the two types of DRM together, they are very fundamentally different, though both equally ineffective.

    I would also like to share my opinion that Hollywood is very idiotic on this issue. Even if friends can share movies via iTunes, they are still buying the movies. They are losing an opportunity to vastly increase sales. Also, allowing people to sample your work might encourage them to buy it in the future. We should send these execs to some high-school-level economics classes. Maybe Honors, or possibly AP ;).

  5. CoryC wrote:
    Now what we need is something like DVDShrink but for HD DVD. That 19 GB file would be a slim 9.5 GB. It would only take half-of-forever to download it. :P

    I don’t even think that a program like DVD Shrink would be able to do much justice when it came to making the download more bearable. Anything over 4GB just seems like too much for me.

    CoryC wrote:
    It’s the fair use that worries them, not the piracy. Check out [arstechnica.com]

    That was a really interesting article, never really thought about it not being for piracy.

  6. Ryan wrote:
    I don’t even think that a program like DVD Shrink would be able to do much justice when it came to making the download more bearable. Anything over 4GB just seems like too much for me.

    Ryan, you wouldn’t download such a file while you’re using the computer. If you had to leave for the day, you would set the download up, and then come back later to a free movie! ;).

    Of course media DRM is not about piracy. The MPAA and the RIAA both know that real media pirates are very tech-savy users, and that it would be impossible for them to stop the pirating. Then again, pirates might not steal content if they knew they would only have to buy it once. For example, there are people who use LimeWire because they know that if they use iTunes, they will only be able to use their songs on some computers and only with iPods. And with the whole,lax-iTunes DRM thing in the article, all they are accomplishing is giving people an excuse to rip their DVDs onto their iPods without any DRM at all. Then again, that might not be a bad thing. After all, you should only have to buy your content once.

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