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This article was published on January 4, 2016

Intel is suing this Chinese company because it’s found a way around 4K copyright protection

Intel is suing this Chinese company because it’s found a way around 4K copyright protection Image by: SkyFutures
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There is no way to stop determined pirates, but Warner Bros. and Intel are having a go with the filing of a lawsuit against China’s LegendSky, makers of the HDFury 4K that can quickly rip off online videos.

While it’s clear why Warner Bros would be pissed, you might wonder why Intel has waded in.

That’s because it owns a company called Digital Content Protection, which content makers pay a fee to in order to protect their digital creations from would-be pirates.

The company’s High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection is supposed to stop hackers being able to copy and share 4K digital content without a trace.

The suit, obtained by TorrentFreak, claims HDCP as an “an indispensable content-protection technology” that secures digital audio and video as it travels from set-top boxes, DVDs, Blu-rays, computers, DVRs, games consoles and HDTVs…

Except it kind of doesn’t if the HDFury works as the lawsuit filed in New York says it does.

Indeed, the suit admits:

The HDFury Devices harm DCP because, among other things, they undermine the effectiveness of HDCP, lower the value of HDCP, and thereby jeopardize DCP’s ability to license HDCP to Digital Device manufacturers and Digital Content owners.

And the news should come as little surprise. The HDCP system was criticized as early as 2001 for being insecure and after the system’s master key was leaked online back in 2010, Intel threatened to sue anyone who made use of it.

Warner Bros and Intel sue 4k content protection stripper [TorrentFreak]

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