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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > DRM Locked Movie Fans Out of Their Films

DRM Locked Movie Fans Out of Their Films

DRM Locked Movie Fans Out of Their Films

Added: Monday, August 30th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
And here is yet another story related to copy protection that locked legal consumers from the legitimately purchased content. Here you go – this time it’s DRM that went wrong.


Initially, copy protection was intended to stop pirates from copying and watching films while legal customers who paid for the movies were able to view them – not the other way around. At least it was the plan. Unluckily, Samsung Blu-Ray player owners experience the very same “other way around” now. A firmware update is reported to block many consumers from watching a number of titles of Universal and Warner Studios.

Although the solution should be a downgrade to the previous firmware, a number of owners keep reporting that it doesn’t help. The titles affected include the recent Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Sherlock Holmes, The Book of Eli, Invictus and The Incredible Hulk.

That wasn’t the first time the owners of Blu-ray players faced the troubles with playing back some movies. Recently, the consumers complained about problems with viewing the Avatar on some Samsung players, and this issue was so widespread that online shops were forced to warn customers about the potential troubles by locating a warning message on the product page. As for the titles affected lately, similar warnings have not been put in place yet.

The answer to the question why this still happens to Blu-ray discs is easy – of course, it’s all about copy protection. The DVDs had a technology of copy protection which was easily circumvented, as it used a single encryption key. If that key was extracted, the disk was free for copying. Such tools allowing to copy DVDs are now available everywhere, though it is almost always illegal, of course.

On the contrary, copy protection technology of Blu-ray is based on encryption keys that update on a regular basis. This makes companies providing Blu-ray copying tools, such as Slysoft, put considerably more effort into cracking encryption keys. It comes in a circle – after a key is compromised, the developer releases an update, locking the disk for copying. That is the point where things went wrong again.

In fact, this case is not the only one where legitimate users suffer while unauthorized ones enjoy the products. In the beginning of August users that bought Starcraft 2 got locked out of their game when the server responsible for copy protection went down. Recently Ubisoft was forced to switch from DRM system to Steam due to the same reason.

August 30th, 2010

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Date:  Monday, August 30th, 2010

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-08-31 00:56:38)
menahunie avatarNothing new; I've already stated you don't buy the item; only a license to use it and this proves it.
The point is I knew as my friend never to buy a blue ray player; all they are is a dumb computer setup for blu-ray.
The only way these people who are paranoid about some one pirating their product is to just lock it in a safe and never release it; THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN BE SURE THERE ARE NO "COPIES"...

posted by Blocked (2010-08-31 01:00:08)
No avatarHA HA HA HA HA!

We all know DRM SUCKS! Very simple actually, the more complicated DRM becomes, the more of a HAZARD for GENUINE users . . . .

Funnily enough, GENUINE customers couldn't download a ripped copy of a certain PC game fast enough because of the hassle and despair the game's DRM caused them!

posted by (2010-08-31 04:06:00)
carlbandit avatarlol they expect people to pay for products they are not provideing when people can get them for free and actualy have them :D

its similar to reflexive arcade which was a site like big fish games that sold pc games
they recently went bust meaning people who bought the games had to activate them within a certain time or loose the game, where as people who used the universal patcher can reinstall the game anytime they want, even after reflexive servers get shut down

if they want us to pay they need to offer a better service than what we can get for free, not the other way around

anyway thanks for the read sam, keep it up :)

posted by Blocked (2010-09-02 10:12:57)
mrblue00 avatarnintendo is another company that comes to mind lol bricking wii's with there software updates and making the user pay them to fix them mine was bricked with no ilegal software on it for what reason a system flaw did they care nah shoved it in me trusty old binalong with the rest of the skanky nintendo crap stick to me ilegals from now on much safer companies just cant be trusted to be legal themselves they broke my machine thanks for these reads sam i love them

posted by (2010-09-03 00:37:27)
RUkiddin avatarI'm still missing part of the Puzzle, people "RIP" B.R. all the time - often converted to .MKV - Where does the encryption key get stored & updated, on the "disk" - So?? Does this happen to PS3 users too? So what now? Buy a PC that has a blu-ray player and all is forgiven? LOL
Great article, Thanks

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