Warner Bros, Intel File DMCA Suit Over HDCP Crack Devices
Warner Bros. and Intel subsidiary Digital Content Protection are suing Freedom USA and its CEO Alex Sonis for selling devices that circumvent HDCP.
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.