High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP)
is currently the most common form of digital transmission protection for high definition digital multimedia, requiring an unbroken chain of licensed products for content to play back for TV systems
. A possible "master key" was posted online
earlier this week, and created quite a stir around the potential of this leak or reverse engineering. Intel, who developed the initial specification
, has confirmed the validity of the "master key"
, but instead of coming up with a new protection scheme, will use "legal remedies, particularly under the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)." In essence, the threat of legal action, rather than cryptography, is [Intel and the media companies] real tool against unapproved uses of digital content. [more inside]
In 1948, in the aftermath of the Second World War, with Europe still in ruins, three young Belgian comic strip artists, Joseph Gillain (aka Jijé
), Maurice de Bevere (aka Morris
) and André Franquin
, crossed the Atlantic with the intention of settling in the US.
All three would eventually return to Belgium, their hopes of working for Disney ultimately dashed by the turmoil of the McCarthy years. However, in the meantime they made the acquaintance of their colleagues of the Charles William Harvey Studio
in New York, including a cosmopolitan young wit named René Goscinny
. [more inside]
, or even the Smurfs?
Step right this way, to the dark
, spooky side
of French cartooning
. Jacques Tardi, relatively obscure
in this country, brings you many lovely lonely images
and small horrors
, mostly within the amazing stories of Adele Blanc-Sec
, writer and adventurer.
At least one
of his books is still in print in English, and most can be ordered from overseas
, and are well worth it.