updated 10:40 am EDT, Thu May 24, 2007
Blu-Ray and HD DVD Copying
Owners of newer HD-capable movie discs may soon have the right to make copies of their discs, according to a spokesman from the licensing agency handling the copy protection scheme. Michael Ayers of the AACS (Advanced Access Content System) group notes that a new change in the encryption method, dubbed "managed copy," should let buyers burn or rip Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs in a controlled method. Similar to iTunes and other online stores, the files would require a device with Internet access to authorize copies before they can be played. This would allow backups and transfers to other devices while still giving the content creator control over how many copies could be produced.
While the number would be flexible, the AACS agency would reportedly argue more in favor of consumers on the subject, pushing for the right to make at least one copy available for every disc. Producers could charge more for discs to grant extra rights while offsetting potential lost profits from piracy, Ayers said.
The managed copy system is nearing the end of the negotiation stage, but should roll out quickly on movies and other titles if and when the change to the AACS scheme is approved.