Encryption vendor claims AACS infringes its patents, sues Sony

Encryption vendor claims AACS infringes its patents, sues Sony

The title says it all, but the best part is that the patent holder is a Canadian firm! What’s even better is that the US National Security Agency has already licensed the very same patents Sony is accused of infringing upon.

I’m normally not one to support patent issues, particularly when they deal with software algorithms, but in this case I’m willing to look the other way :) The fact that it involves AACS and Sony might have something to do with it. AACS is the encryption system that “protects” HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs from the evil pirates of the 21st century. Sony, of course, is the company whose laptop batteries were of such poor quality that they could spontaneously burst into flames, a flaw that was originally misattributed to Dell’s computers, even leading the company to cease calling them “laptops”, for fear that some cozy hacker would burn their leg off with a bad battery.

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