[vdr] sc

Lauri Tischler lwgt at iki.fi
Fri Oct 28 08:38:42 CEST 2005

Kartsa wrote:
> Malte Schröder [MalteSch at gmx.de] wrote:
>>>>in Germany it is illegal, because to have the problem that 
>>you try in
>>>>software to decrypt something.
>>>>Only the try is forbidden by law.
>>>Is decrypting by software illegal in Germany ?
>>No, that would be rediculous. But it is illegal to cirumvent copy
>>protection schemes (i.e. as far as I understand it, you may 
>>not produce
>>a  copy of your favorite protected audio-cd to make it work in your
>>car-radio :/ ).
> I don't see what that has to do with this. I don't think this is about
> braking copy protection since in order to decrypt I would need keys which I
> get by getting a leagal subscription and thus getting a smartcard from a
> provider. The point here (in my original question) is that if I have a
> smartcard reader which happens to have USB or RS232 interface then why could
> I not use it together with sc instead of CAM? In both external reader and
> CAM I would need a subscription wouldn't I? The only difference is where the
> decryption is done (hw or sw), right? Ofcourse CAM is better if CPU is
> slower.
> Or am I missing a point here? Or is it even possible to use smartcard
> readers other than CAM?

The point is that crypting algorithms are patented and/or licensed and
only approved devices, CAMs, should be used to decrypt the stuff.
Using SC is breaking the patent/license.

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