Warner Bros, Intel File DMCA Suit Over HDCP Crack Devices

Freedom USA is the parent company of AVA Direct and Antarespro.com. The plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging violation of the DMCA and are asking for an injunction that prevents Freedom USA from importing, manufacturing and offering HDCP circumvention products, as well as their seizure and impoundment, in addition to damages.

According to the lawsuit, the products currently being offered allow buyers to "engage in unauthorized [content] copying". Warner Bros. also alleges that its intellectual property is also vulnerable to unauthorized access, presumably because Freedom USA's products use the HDCP master key, which was cracked about two years ago.

The lawsuit specifically targets the "SIIG C-H20511-S1 HDMI toYPbPr/VGA & Audio Conv", "StarTech.com MNHD2VGAE VideoCable", "SABRENT HDMI TO VGACONVERTER HDMI INPUT", "SIIG CE-H21011-S1 - SIIG HDMI toVGA Converter with Audio Functions: Signal Conversion" and "CE LABS HDMI TO COMPOSITESCALER" that are offered via channels such as Ebay. The devices were previously available via large retailers such as Newegg as well, but have been removed from their websites recently.

 

Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback

Create a new thread in the US News comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
25 comments
    Your comment
    Top Comments
  • InvalidError
    Who rips BD movies through HDMI/VGA dump? Much more convenient to rip the BD media itself and strip the AACS protection there... much faster, cheaper, uses a lot less disk space and allows perfect binary copies.

    Sounds like studios barking up the wrong tree to me.
    25
  • nukemaster
    All those devices look more useful to let someone with an old analog(Composite/Component/VGA) set use a new bluray player/cable box.

    I know they may not know it, but movies are ripped from the disc not from a bluray player or cable box to one of these then tons of conversions/compression.

    This just hurts customers for no good reason.
    17
  • sacre
    /looks at DVD/CD/Blu-ray drive

    Oh s***! They're going to sue me next!
    14
  • Other Comments
  • nukemaster
    All those devices look more useful to let someone with an old analog(Composite/Component/VGA) set use a new bluray player/cable box.

    I know they may not know it, but movies are ripped from the disc not from a bluray player or cable box to one of these then tons of conversions/compression.

    This just hurts customers for no good reason.
    17
  • wolley74
    better get rid of set top boxes and computers in general, maybe DVD / CD / Bluray drives need to go away as well, they all help it
    13
  • sacre
    /looks at DVD/CD/Blu-ray drive

    Oh s***! They're going to sue me next!
    14