Samsung sued over encryption-ignoring DVD drive

By Justin Mann on February 20, 2006, 7:03 PM
Samsung has found themselves in a bit of hot water, with a lawsuit against them filed by some big players like Fox, Paramount, Time Warner, Universal and Disney. The reason? A particular model of Samsung DVD ROM, the DVD-HD841, can apparently be used to circumvent encryption technology used to prevent unauthorized duplication. That model of drive, however, hasn't been available for a year and a half. Samsung is as of yet undecided as to how they will handle this issue.

``In fact, we do not exactly know the contents of the lawsuit and the intention of the plaintiffs. We have yet to receive the complaint, a Samsung spokesman said.
Encryption circumvention isn't exactly new, and it happens every day. Will targeting a single product produced by one company over a year ago have any real effect on the state of the market today? Probably not, but it could have future impliciations for companies producing enthusiast hardware such as HD-DVD and BluRay burners




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DragonMaster said:
The prices will go sky high on eBay I suppose...[quote]Samsung is as of yet undecided as to how they will handle this issue. [/quote]They will recall it? (I'm not sure that people will do that...)
crossfire851 said:
They will make some claim that it's defective and it needs to be recalled and can be exchanged for a newer model.
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by crossfire851:[/b][quote]They will make some claim that it's defective and it needs to be recalled and can be exchanged for a newer model.[/quote]Well... not everyone's going to fall for that.
Cartz said:
***User unable to post as he is current scouring ebay***or not... but hey, I'm assuming this could be used to circumvent HDCP, if it could, it would pair nicely with my non-HDCP 2405wfp.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]Well... not everyone's going to fall for that.[/quote]Well, only the ones that know what it can do.
fiziks said:
a better way to prevent the illegal duplications done on this model would have been to not tell anybody about it... but i suppose any money from the lawsuit could cover inevitable losses
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