Intel, Warner sue over gadget that strips 4K copy safety
The media business was greater than just a little alarmed when 4K bootlegs of Amazon and Netflix streams confirmed up this November. Weren’t these feeds presupposed to be comparatively protected from pirates? It is no shock, then, that they are doing one thing about it. Intel (by way of its Digital Content material Safety model) and Warner Bros. are suing LegendSky for providing HDFury, a collection of units designed to strip HDCP copy safety from many sources, together with streams. The 2 plaintiffs declare that HDFury violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention measures, making all of it too straightforward to tear and share 4K video. Additionally they allege that LegendSky is dishonest when it says it meets HDCP’s licensing necessities.
LegendSky hasn’t stated the way it’s dealing with the lawsuit, though it might not have a lot success preventing again. As TorrentFreak notes, 4K stream rips began surfacing mere days after the primary HDFury bins began delivery. Even when Intel and Warner cannot draw a direct hyperlink between the 2 occasions, the timing definitely appears suspicious. And whereas HDCP is infamous for being a nuisance to official viewers, it isn’t very probably that individuals are shopping for HDFury solely to reclaim some comfort.
Because it stands, it wasn’t too exhausting to see this coming. With 4K Blu-ray films on the best way, Warner and different studios are little question keen to attenuate the associated piracy earlier than it actually takes off — streaming was simply the tip of the iceberg.