â€œShould someone use this published information to create a circumvention device there are definitely enforcement actions that could be takenâ€¦ we would avail ourselves of the legal remedies as appropriate at our choice,â€ he said.
Despite all of this, Intel has also told the movie industry that the leak does not pose a serious piracy threat because it would require a custom-built device to do so.
The Chinese pirates are pretty crafty at pirating name brand consumer electronics goods, something I’ve already seen during a recent trip to Morocco, i.e. imitation Nokia phones, iPods, etc. I highly doubt a lawsuit threat from Intel or anyone else will stop them creating and selling a HDCP circumvention device that uses this leaked key. Sure the devices will probably never hit the high street shops, but they will show up somewhere just like their other counterfeit goods.
Also, it doesn’t take HDCP circumvention to be able to rip a Blu-ray or re-record the video stream until someone comes up with a clever way of encrypting the video between the eyes and the TV. No amount of copy protection between the playback equipment and the TV is going to prevent a HD camcorder from capturing what appears on the screen. As for Blu-ray ripping, forget about the HDCP, far too cumbersome, as Slysoft, DVDFab, etc. already have products that does the job a lot easier.