Thursday, May 19, 2005

RFID Plan for Copy-Protecting DVDs

(Wired) - Researchers in Los Angeles are developing a new form of piracy protection for DVDs that could make common practices like loaning a movie to a friend impossible.

University of California at Los Angeles engineering professor Rajit Gadh is leading research to turn radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags into an extremely restrictive form of digital rights management to protect DVD movies.

At the store, someone buying a new DVD would have to provide a password or some kind of biometric data, like a fingerprint or iris scan, which would be added to the DVD's RFID tag. Then, when the DVD was popped into a specially equipped DVD player, the viewer would be required to re-enter his or her password or fingerprint.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You talking to me Fintan? :-)

7:39 pm  
Anonymous Take the Power Back said...

This is more likely coming to an Internet connected computer near you first. Just wait for the next staged event and the subsequent propaganda about phantom groups communicating over the Internet.

12:22 am  

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