SlySoft defeats latest BD+ protection

By on December 30, 2008, 3:29 PM
The BD+ copy protection scheme of Blu-ray discs was intentionally designed to be extensible, so that when a version was inevitably cracked, upgrades could be issued to thwart users from making backup copies of their movies. The original method of securing discs was made available in the summer of 2007 and compromised by a company named SlySoft in March 2008.

A slightly changed version of the BD+ protection suffered the same fate shortly thereafter and now a third version, released only a month ago, has been once again cracked by the SlySoft crew. According to the company, the latest AnyDVD HD 6.5.0.3 originally expected to be released in February gives users the ability to decrypt copy protection on all Blu-ray movies currently available. This marks yet another chapter in an ongoing cat and mouse game between movie studios and SlySoft.

In conjunction with the celebration, the firm is also reminding everyone that it will be moving to a subscription-based update program starting next year, which means no more free lifetime updates after that.




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OUTLAWXXX said:
How is slysoft able to do this and not be sued??? Usually it's individual people who end up having to go into hiding for breaking copy protection... Does blu ray just flat out not care or something? This is so weird...
danthok said:
They are probably located in a country with lax copyright laws. A lot of things illegal here are legal elsewhere and the countries take a laissez-faire approach, unless their hands are forced or well greased ....
oinari said:
I think Anydvd is mostly use to bypass all the HDCP issues a lot of people have. Especially with monitors not really starting the support broadly for HDCP until less than a year ago. IMO HDCP is the lamest thing I've ever encountered, ever. I've had problems with it just because 1 of 3 of my monitors doesn't support it. Nonsense.I could be way wrong though.
jimmy5 said:
The funny thing is... there is a crack available for the AnyDVD software so you can use it for free. What goes around comes around...They work at cracking someones software and someone else cracks thiers!
viperpfl said:
According to Slysoft, if you bought Slysoft products before 2009, then you will not have to pay the subscription fee. The new fee will only be for new customers. I am a little surprised the MPAA hasn't gone after Slysoft. The MPAA is known to go after hackers quickly and we haven't heard a peep about it. As a current customer of Slysoft, I think the AnyDVD product is great. I am able to make backups of all my movies without a hitch. I have movies from when DVD first came out. They were all scratched but with a little scratch cleaner and AnyDVD, I was able to save some money.
cannonfodder said:
[b]Originally posted by OUTLAWXXX:[/b][quote]How is slysoft able to do this and not be sued??? Usually it's individual people who end up having to go into hiding for breaking copy protection... Does blu ray just flat out not care or something? This is so weird...[/quote]Stealing from thieves is actually allowed![url]http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/12/
7/1514235[/url]fta: WTO Awards Caribbean Country Right to Ignore US Copyright The WTO's recent ruling on Antigua's complaint against the US over the banning of online gambling resulted in a payment to the island nation much less than they asked for. It appears, though, that this payment was just part of the WTO's compensation package for Antigua/Barbuda. Via Kotaku, the Hollywood Reporter notes that the Caribbean country can now freely ignore US copyright laws - legally. This dispensation is apparently limited to some $21 million a year. "The WTO often takes decisions awarding trade compensation in cases where one nation's policies are found to break its rules. But this is only the second time the compensation lets one country violate intellectual property laws. In this case, Antigua will -- in theory -- be allowed to distribute copies of American DVDs, CDs and games and software with impunity. 'That has only been done once before and is, I believe, a very potent weapon,' Antigua's lawyer Mark Mendel said. 'I hope that the United States government will now see the wisdom in reaching some accommodation with Antigua over this dispute.'"
9Nails said:
[b]Originally posted by cannonfodder:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by OUTLAWXXX:[/b][quote]How is slysoft able to do this and not be sued??? Usually it's individual people who end up having to go into hiding for breaking copy protection... Does blu ray just flat out not care or something? This is so weird...[/quote]Stealing from thieves is actually allowed![/quote]You're allowed to backup your media, legally! The Copyright Act establishes this. You're also allowed to remix the media and make [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_Edit]"The Phantom Edit"[/url] of any disc that you own. But under DMCA you're not allowed to make the tools to circumvent copy protection. You're also not allowed to distribute your backup media to 3rd parties.SlySoft can legitimize this software (at least on American soil) by offering the tools which consumers need to protect their media through the use of backups. Since SlySoft isn't a company on American soil, they escape the clause that tells them that they're not allowed to produce the tools to circumvent copy protection. Digital Rights Management could still be a case for argument, but since DRM and Copy Protection are the same thing on these disc's they have to be treated as such.DRM / Copy Protection is taking your legal rights away! So, stealing from the thieves - how true that is.[Edited by 9Nails on 2008-12-31 07:38:28]
tengeta said:
Its because we are allowed to make copies of our movies, and the MPAA simply would rather not give a crap. You people are making this way more complicated than it is.
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