Now, is this kid that good or are the anti-piracy methods that bad?
I think it would be the kid has skill, but I think the quality plays a part in it also. /me thinks back to article in CPU magazine about someone defeating a major record companies anti-piracy protection by simply holding down the shift key.
And the DeCSS was helped by a dvd distributor (i think) leaving their key available on the disk. And now this seems (at face value) like simply playing the stream out into a file rather than defeating the protection directly.