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A hacker who calls himself Muslix64 has Hollywood and music studios on edge this New Year's Eve weekend as they wait to see whether their latest digital rights management software standard will work as designed. Muslix64 has posted on the Internet the tools and title keys he said he has used to decrypt the next gen DRM standard for high definition DVDs. Called Advanced Access Content System, or AACS, this standard has been adopted by most of the major Hollywood and music studios to protect the newest DVDs and CDs.
When will the fools behind DRM come to their senses and stop this insanity? It's already been proven a thousand times over that file sharing makes for increased CD/DVD sales. The artists get more direct income and the customers get a semblance of fair use (something that has almost been eroded to nothingness now).