RESPONSE TO REPORTS OF ATTACKS ON AACS TECHNOLOGY
January 24, 2007
AACS LA has confirmed that AACS Title Keys have appeared on public web
sites without authorization. Such unauthorized disclosures indicate an
attack on one or more players sold by AACS licensees. This development is
limited to the compromise of specific implementations, and does not
represent an attack on the AACS system itself, nor is it exclusive to any
particular format. Instead it illustrates the need for all AACS licensees to
follow the Compliance and Robustness Rules set forth in the AACS license
agreements to help ensure that product implementations are not compromised.
AACS LA employs both technical and legal measures to deal with attacks such
as this one, and AACS LA is using all appropriate remedies at its disposal
to address the attack.
NEXT GENERATION CONTENT PROTECTION SPECIFICATION
ADVANCED ACCESS CONTENT SYSTEM (AACS) – MADE AVAILABLE FOR LICENSING
LOS ANGELES, Calif., February 21, 2006 - AACS LA founders IBM, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Panasonic (Matsushita Electric), Sony, Toshiba, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Studios today announced the immediate availability of AACS (ADVANCED ACCESS CONTENT SYSTEM) under interim licensing agreements.
The AACS specification accelerates the ability of consumers to enjoy exciting, new, flexible entertainment experiences and storage options, while continuing to provide the traditional, straightforward playback mode, for the next generation of prerecorded and recordable optical media such as Blu-Ray and HD DVD. Additionally, AACS is designed to create unprecedented flexibility, portability and security for entertainment content to be enjoyed on networked home, portable PC or CE devices.
“This technology is the product of unprecedented collaboration between the consumer electronics, IT and entertainment industries to facilitate the next generation of high-definition entertainment,” said Michael B. Ayers, AACS LA spokesperson. “We’re confident that AACS will immediately enable a host of compelling new digital entertainment experiences for consumers around the globe.”
“While next generation HD players are in final
assembly, and movies are being mastered, the AACS architects are ensuring
consumers can enjoy the HD picture, sound and robust portability potential
of AACS without any further delays. Much more than just HD movies, AACS
delivers new consumer interactivity, portability and feature enhancement
after purchase on a scale like no other consumer digital entertainment
system can,” said Richard Doherty, Research Director for the Envisioneering
Group. “AACS represents a cross-industry team of chip, consumer electronics,
PC designers and content creators, all dedicated to enriching the consumer’s
home and portable entertainment experience.”
The final license agreement for AACS is expected to be
announced in the coming months. In the meantime, companies in
the consumer electronics, IT and entertainment industries are now able to
develop devices and solutions based on the published specs and compliance
More information on AACS LA and ADVANCED ACCESS CONTENT SYSTEM can be found on the group’s website, www.aacsla.com.
About AACS LA
Founded by IBM, Intel Corporation, Microsoft,
Panasonic (Matsushita Electric), Sony, Toshiba, The Walt Disney Company and
Warner Bros. Studios, the charter of AACS LA is to enhance consumers’
entertainment experience offered by the next-generation of media through
flexible usage models. AACS LA also offers to content owners the
enabling technology they need to confidently release their content. Content
owners, service providers and manufacturers alike benefit from the ADVANCED
ACCESS CONTENT SYSTEM through ease of implementation and the opportunity to
reach and serve a broad cross section of consumers. For more information
Press inquiries should be directed to Edelman
Edelman for AACS
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