Stealth Encryption Chip Will End Piracy
Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell is confident that the end to software piracy is in sight. He made this prediction at the Wedbush Morgan Securities annual Management Access Conference this week.
“There is a stealth encryption chip called a TPM that is going on the motherboards of most of the computers that are coming out now,” he pointed out
“What that says is that in the games business we will be able to encrypt with an absolutely verifiable private key in the encryption world – which is uncrackable by people on the internet and by giving away passwords – which will allow for a huge market to develop in some of the areas where piracy has been a real problem.”
However, Bushnell’s not convinced that anything can be done to stop piracy of music and movies. He states that “if you can watch it and you can hear it, you can copy it.” He believes games are different because of the integration of the code.
“Games are a different thing, because games are so integrated with the code. The TPM will, in fact, absolutely stop piracy of gameplay.
“As soon as the installed base of the TPM hardware chip gets large enough, we will start to see revenues coming from Asia and India at a time when before it didn’t make sense.”
Personally, I have my doubts about the long term effectiveness of the chip. Hackers are known for their creative solutions. I’m sure some clever hacker out there will learn to circumvent or remove the chip entirely. Every time they build a better mouse trap, someone comes up with a smarter mouse.