Sony targeted in new lawsuit on AACS encryption
According to ars technica, the troubled electronics giant is facing yet another lawsuit, less than a week after a Blu-ray related complaint filed by Target Technology. This time, Canadian encryption company Certicom filed a suit claiming Sony had infringed their elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) through the use of AACS encryption.
AACS, or Advanced Access Content System, is a standard encryption technique that's used on both Blu-ray and HD-DVD products. AACS can be found in all PS3 systems and Blu-ray (game and movie) discs. According to the suit, Sony must pay license fees for use of this technology, which will cost company a hefty price, increasing the cost of PS3 that much more. Other Sony products are affected by the suit, including (but not limited to) certain VAIO computers, televisions and DVD players.