Originally Posted by stanger89
Managed Copy again.
The recent "release" by Sony that they are "probably" going to allow copying sometime this year has raised some questions again.
So Amir, Paidgeek:
Does AACS specify Managed Copy as Mandatory? ie does AACS specify MC or MMC?
MMC but with some caveats.
If MMC, does that mean every disc must support MC, or every player must support MC?
This is the million dollar question that among other things, has caused so much delay. We need to strike a balance between a strong requirement for MMC, while at the same time have an "out" for legitimate cases where the studio may not have such rights.
If MMC, are there any restrictions on what qualifies as the MMC, ie does it have to be full quality, or does a PSP version count?
You get to choose the level of quality when you make the copy.
Does Mandatory Managed Copy mean (provided a MC enabled player) I can make an MC of any disc?
Isn't this a repeat of the above question?
If MC is Mandatory per AACS, does that mean I can make an MC of any HD DVD?
Subject to carve out in the final agreement, yes.
If MC is Mandatory per AACS, does that mean I can make an MC of any BD?
My assumption is yes. Technically the process will be more complicated for BD as one needs the keys to both BD+ and AACS but from licensing point of view, they must be the same as AACS does not distinguish between BD and HD DVD.
What is the holdup on MC?
I mentioned one of the key reasons above. There are other arguments which are hard to settle which I can not disclose.
When will we see it?
I am hoping the license gets finished in Q1. After that, it is up to technology companies to build the software.
Are the studios fighting it?
Not in the classic sense of last year, when some didn't want to see MMC at all. Now it is just a matter of grinding out the details.
Has MC been deep-sixed?
Not at all. I would gain a full time security expert if it had been the case as the poor guy spends everyday of his life on this
Amir: Windows Home Server seems to be making a splash, there's talk of an AMD Live! server using WHS, will that support storage of MCs?
I can't pre-announce any features of our products.
Can either of you, or anybody give further details about MC? The silence on this front has been deafening. It's a must have feature for me to purchase discs on either format.
Sorry, the silence was not intentional. I just missed your questions