Crypto snafu grounds 3D Avatar screenings in Germany

By December 19, 2009Newswires

Crypto snafu grounds 3D Avatar screenings in Germany
by John Leyden

Several 3D screenings of Avatar were called off in Germany earlier this week following a DRM-related mix-up.

Copies of the new SF blockbuster from James Cameron are digitally sealed so that one key per copy of the film, per film projector, and for each movie server in a cinema is needed. The key supplier, Deluxe, reportedly failed to supply a sufficient number of valid keys.

The snag would have been avoided if the multiplexes had resisted the temptation to show the blockbuster across multiple screens, thereby squeezing out alternative choices.

Read the whole story here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/18 … pto_snafu/

Read the German version here: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/ … 88309.html

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