Intel, Warner Bros Sue Over Hardware That Strips 4K Copy Protection
Warner Bros. and Intel’s daughter company Digital Content Protection (DCP) have filed a lawsuit against a Shenzhen-based company called LegendSky for offering devices designed to strip HDCP copy protection from many sources, including streams.
HDCP, or High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection, is an Intel-owned system that encrypts the video stream on its way to your screen, preventing it from being intercepted and copied by conventional means. However, LegendSky recently launched a range of new devices, sold under the HDFury brand, which allow users to strip the latest HDCP encryption and pass on a “stripped” 4K signal.
The Hollywood studio and DCP argue that HDFury devices violate the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, making it easy for pirates to rip and share 4K video. The two plaintiffs claim that these devices “have only limited commercially significant purpose or use other than to circumvent HDCP,” and should no longer be sold to prevent further damage.
The complaint also alleges that LegendSky is dishonest when it says the HDFury devices comply with HDCP’s license requirements. In addition, the plaintiffs want to be compensated for the damages they’ve suffered.
With Warner and other studios readying to release several dozen 4K Blu-ray movies this year, they would no doubt make every possible attempt to minimize the related piracy.