07/06/2005

UK developer quits DVD decrypting - ZDNet UK News

UK developer quits DVD decrypting - ZDNet UK News

There are other systems out there that can do this, but DVD Drecryptor wrapped it all together in a nice Windows program. Mac the Ripper is a similar tool for MacOS X users.

It looks like a big movie company (Sony?) served a writ on the author and he fell foul of the Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003 (the UK's implementation of the European Copyright Directive), which amongst others things disallows breaking of copyright protection schemes.

This happened previously with the DeCSS case in Sweden, but a judge ruled there that the program itself wasn't illegal. Unfortunately it does look the author has given up without a fight.
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