Digital rights management technologies are doing more for the profits of software companies than the copyright holders they're supposed to protect, Techdirt reports. The new AACS system was meant to stop HD-DVD or Blu-Ray players from showing protected disks, but hackers easily beat it. Overseas companies are now getting rich selling software to beat the system.
US firms can't legally sell software to get around copyright protection but overseas ones, including Antigua's Slysoft, are happy to step in and fill the gap. Slysoft boasts that its AnyDVD software will let users watch movies over a digital connection without the proper card. Hollywood's cat and mouse game with hackers looks set to go on.