News Popular Blu-Ray Ripping Software Shuts Down...

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    Popular Blu-Ray Ripping Software Shuts Down Following Legal Pressure


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    The Antigua-based software company SlySoft has shut down its website and ceased sales of the popular Blu-ray ripping software AnyDVD. The action comes several days after a group of Hollywood studios and technology partners asked the U.S. Government to intervene.

    Earlier this month AACS LA, the decryption licensing outfit founded by a group of movie studios and technology partners including Warner Bros, Disney, Microsoft and Intel, reminded the U.S. Government about the unauthorized activities of SlySoft.

    SlySoft is known for selling various copyright protection circumvention tools including the popular AnyDVD software, of which it sold tens of thousands of copies over the years.

    In 2014 AACS-LA won a court case against the software manufacturer in Antigua, where a local court found SlySoft owner Giancarla Bettini guilty of six charges under the 2003 Copyright Act and ordered him to pay a fine of $5,000 per offense. Failure to pay would result in six months in jail for each offense.

    However, despite the win for AACS not much changed. SlySoft’s owner immediately filed an appeal which effectively put the convictions on hold. Meanwhile, AnyDVD remained widely available.

    This changed yesterday when the site suddenly went blank as the domain’s main nameservers were removed. Initially it was unclear what triggered the downtime, but a few hours ago SlySoft put up a brief statement confirming an early Myce report that legal problems are the cause.

    “Due to recent regulatory requirements we have had to cease all activities relating to SlySoft Inc. We wish to thank our loyal customers/clients for their patronage over the years,” the message of the site’s homepage reads.

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    While there’s no confirmation on the exact reason for the sudden shutdown, it’s not unlikely that AACS-LA’s pressure to the United States Trade Representative had a significant impact.

    In its request the licensing company asks the Government to place Antigua on its copyright Priority Watch List, effectively escalating it into an “international incident”.

    “Circumvention through programs such as SlySoft’s AnyDVD HD is a source for widespread, large-scale and commercial copyright infringement by users located in the United States, as well as Antigua & Barbuda, and many other countries,” AACS wrote (pdf).

    “Such circumvention also harms the legitimate consumer electronics and information technology companies that build compliant content playback devices that ‘play by the rules’.”

    With or without an intervention from the U.S. Government, it’s clear that after more than a decade the legal pressure became too much for SlySoft and its owner. Whether the software will remain offline indefinitely or if it will perhaps reappear under a new label has yet to be seen.
     
  2. Murcielago

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    Blu-Ray discs are so 2010.
     
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    Tell that to the assholes on youtube who like to show off their movie collections. They even film themselves shopping for blurays. :jrolleyes:
     
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    Kodi
     
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    This totally sucks.
     
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    But how am I going to make backups of all of my blu rays?
     
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    The software I use still works like a charm. .

    Rip》plex = win
     
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    Some of these BR rips are ridiculous with 34gb files. I'm good with 720p. Some actors and actresses looks hideous in super HD.
     
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    On the positive side, when manufacturers stop making Blu Ray players in a few years, no one will care..
     
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    And how do you think you can watch pirated content on Kodi? Someone rips the blu ray to a hard drive using this software. So....
     
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    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray >>>

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    Interesting. Never heard of it.

    It doesn't look like this plays encrypted Blu Ray like from Redbox. Too bad.

    But it might be cool as a DVR for live TV. Anyone use it for that?

    I was extremely worried that "Make MKV" was the software being discontinued. Still the only free solution that I know of.
     
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    If 4K does make a splash, it's probably the only thing which would force me back to discs. Regardless of internet speed, the size of those files would destroy monthly data limitations.
     
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    I use kodi, Emby and plex after I rip blurays
     
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    Honestly one of the biggest hurdles for me to switch to 4k is that there really isn't a lot of movies out there worth a shit on Blu ray let own 4k.... I mean Hollywood produces garbage nothing but garbage I was just watching Jurassic world which I ripped onto my hard drive thank you Netflix but the movie looks like shit fucking cartoons chasing idiots

    And despite all the hype of movies like Star Wars going to Blu ray they don't really look that fantastic in high def sure it's fun to watch them on my movie screen calibrated all that crap but the movies I don't know don't lk that great except Empire... empire looks great for some reason
     
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    What's a DVD grandma?
     
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    Well, I own 305 Blu-rays...
     
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    Been using emby/wmc for years.
     
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