Ivor O’Connor

November 27, 2008

Apple’s new MacBooks have built-in copy protection measures?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 11:18 pm

I suspect this type of behavior will not last much longer. Perhaps another year. Two at the most. With our economy spiraling into a depression Apple can’t afford to assume their customers will continue to stay plugged into the matrix. Not when there are better alternatives available for free to anybody who steps out of Apples reality distortion field for a day or two.

Still it will be humorous to post this so we can look back and laugh at what companies thought they could get away with:

From http://www.appleinsider.com/

Apple’s new MacBook lines include a form of digital copy protection that will prevent protected media, such as DRM-infused iTunes movies, from playing back on devices that aren’t compliant with the new priority protection measures.

The Intel-developed technology is called High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) and aims to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across a variety of display connectors, even if such copying is not in violation of fair use laws.

Among the connectors supported by the technology are the Mini DisplayPort found on Apple’s latest MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, in addition to others such as Digital Visual Interface (DVI), High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), Gigabit Video Interface (GVIF), and Unified Display Interface (UDI).

ArsTechnica reports that Apple has apparently acquired a license for the technology and is now using it across its DisplayPort-enabled MacBook lines to to prevent transmission of purchased iTunes content to devices that don’t include support for HDCP.

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