Managed Copy Still a Possibility for Blu-ray Disc

Posted by Dave Cowl on April 29, 2008 
Filed Under: AACS, Blu-ray, Format War, PC, Studios

aacs_.jpgHome Media Magazine is reporting that managed copy may still be a reality after all.

The chairman of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Business Group and manager of AACS Licensing Administrator Michael Ayers disputed media reports that the final specifications of the AACS content protection system would not include Managed Copy for Blu-ray Disc.

AACS is the content distribution and digital rights management standard for Blu-ray, restricting copying of next-generation optical discs, and Managed Copy would allow Blu-ray users limited abilities to back up their media to a hard drive, and use Blu-ray Disc content on portable media devices.

“AACS LA continues to work toward a set of final specs and licenses that includes Managed Copy, just as it has been since the beginning,” said Ayers, “There are no plans to drop Managed Copy, and reports to the contrary are in error.”

Marketing director of the Blu-ray Disc Association Andy Parsons said that while Managed Copy is an “understandably complex effort,” he did not believe AACS or the studios would give up on it.

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3 Responses to “Managed Copy Still a Possibility for Blu-ray Disc”

  1. burndive on April 29th, 2008 3:40 pm

    If they don’t want to manage my copying, that’s just fine with me.

  2. Dave Cowl on April 29th, 2008 3:59 pm

    It is quite possible that ‘unmanaged copy’ was considered a big issue with HD DVD.

    Of course, BD is largely in the same boat on that count…

  3. DavidB on May 1st, 2008 2:30 pm

    PLEASE! Some common sense just HAS to prevail at SOME point!!!

    The studios and the BDA have just got to realize that in the 21st century they just MUST give consumers the ability to time and place shift their media. Plain and simple, if they don’t provide a legal and unobtrusive way, the illegal ways will prevail.

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