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DVDFab down, domain seized by AACS LA – movie industry

Posted at 10 March 2014 19:31 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Chinese movie backup software developer DVDFab has seen its website blocked by the movie industry.

The company has just posted on our forums, “The DVDFab website and forum have been blocked by lawyers for the movie industry. Existing bookmarks for either site may not work from some locations, so temporary sites for both are being prepared and will be online shortly. To access the temporary sites, please manually enter the URLs below in your browser’s address bar and make new bookmarks or manually edit existing ones to reflect the new addresses. Someone from the company headquarters in Beijing will have further details within 24-48 hours. I currently have no additional information, other than to assure you that your license and customer data are safe and unreachable.”

The company is currently reachable through their Japanese URL: http://en.dvdfab.jp

One of the products of DVDFab software

 The site suffered from outages throughout the day and DVDFab support staff previously reported they were working on server issues.  DVDFab is located in China which was, until now, a pretty safe haven for software companies dealing with movie backups. In order to make backups of movies possible, DVDFab has to deal with copy protections found on DVDs and Blu-ray. Circumvention of these copy protections is illegal in many countries.

Slysoft, which makes similar software is located in Antigua and has so far been safe. Previously the best known case of movie backup software having issues was DVDDecrypter, which ceased development after legal threats from the movie industry.

Update: We’ve found some documents from a NY court that lists DVDFab, the plaintiff is the AACS LA LCC. The takedown seems to be targeted at multiple domains, including RipperBlu-ray.com, DVDFabb.com. Apparently the AACS LA was unable to find the real names of DVDFab, as names listed are John Doe, Jane Doe, XYZ Company etc.

We’re working hard on getting more details on this story.

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There are 25 comments

DrageMester
Retired Moderator
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 21:57
    Brilliant move by the movie industry.

    Before the block:
    1a. Pay for movie on DVD/Blu-ray
    2a. Rip and encode movie to MP4/MKV file
    3. Watch movie

    After the block:
    1b. Don't pay for movie
    2b. Download movie illegally
    3. Watch movie

    I'm sure this is exactly what the movie industry needs to get less people to buy their movies.
    Wombler
    Administrator & Reviewer
    Posted on: 10 Mar 14 22:17
      Sad news though and it's sorry to see all this unfolding.

      I've used DVDFab for years now and it would be sad to see it go.

      Let's hope it doesn't come to that.


      Wombler
      AGJ
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 10 Mar 14 22:56
        Well sure hope they change this phone home on dvdfab 9 because if they are shut down then have thousands of users with worthless program
        Wombler
        Administrator & Reviewer
        Posted on: 10 Mar 14 23:20
          Well they're currently working to circumvent any problems and sincerely I hope they're successful.

          Certain servers are still accessible though so if anyone wants to get hold of the latest 9.1.3.1. version see here.


          Wombler
          alan1476
          Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
          Posted on: 10 Mar 14 23:30
            I think DVDFab will survive just fine, you don't actually think this is the first time the movie Industry tried to shut down a program do you?
            DVDRangerForum
            MyCE Junior Member
            Posted on: 10 Mar 14 23:35
              Update: We’ve found some documents from a NY court that lists DVDFab, the plaintiff is the AACS LA LCC. The takedown seems to be targeted at multiple domains, including RipperBlu-ray.com, DVDFabb.com. Apparently the AACS LA was unable to find the real names of DVDFab, as names listed are John Doe, Jane Doe, XYZ Company etc.

              Darn they didn't read the small print on agreement on assigned domain names , ICANN will step in next.
              Wombler
              Administrator & Reviewer
              Posted on: 10 Mar 14 23:42
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by alan1476
                I think DVDFab will survive just fine, you don't actually think this is the first time the movie Industry tried to shut down a program do you?
                Yeah we all know how this game is played.


                Wombler
                DVDRangerForum
                MyCE Junior Member
                Posted on: 10 Mar 14 23:45
                  No company should have there business affected this way, I own a Domain and Hosting business and the AACS and mainly ICANN send out notifications once a year to verify the ownership of all domain name .and who to contact .

                  sorry to see this happen To let you know ICANN even spanks harder . . I would say start buying all associated domain names around the world. and all with private registrations Good Luck
                  roadworker
                  MyCE Resident
                  Posted on: 10 Mar 14 23:46
                    Again this shows were the real power lies in world order......
                    Governements can roll their muscles as much as they want,but it's the corporations who bribe them where the real power is.....
                    ILLP
                    MyCE Member
                    Posted on: 10 Mar 14 23:54
                      they already shut the new one down too http://en.dvdfab.jp the forum is still working or was 30 seconds ago.

                      it is working again now must have been a glitch connecting
                      roadworker
                      MyCE Resident
                      Posted on: 11 Mar 14 01:45
                        Seems that more and more places become aware of this coup:

                        http://torrentfreak.com/u-s-court-or...-funds-140310/
                        ILLP
                        MyCE Member
                        Posted on: 11 Mar 14 01:50
                          I read that a couple hours ago great article not good news but lets all wish Dvdfab the best and I am pretty sure in the end they will find a permanent solution to the problem.
                          TSJnachos117
                          MyCE Resident
                          Posted on: 11 Mar 14 01:57
                            I too prefer DVDFab, as there are only a few programs out there capable of decrypting modern DVD's. IDK about the rest of you, but I'd rather be forced to watch the latest moves on TV (or not at all), than be forced to not decrypt them. Movies that I can't backup aren't even worth using as paper weights, let alone "quality" entertainment.
                            Liggy
                            Senior Administrator
                            Posted on: 11 Mar 14 08:45
                              I like DVDFab because it is - at least as far as I know - the only program that is able to re-encode BD50 to BD25
                              Adbear
                              MyCE Junior Member
                              Posted on: 11 Mar 14 09:07
                                Quote:
                                Originally Posted by Liggy
                                I like DVDFab because it is - at least as far as I know - the only program that is able to re-encode BD50 to BD25
                                BD Rebuilder will also do that, and they did it before DVDFab brought their software out and it's still free
                                Liggy
                                Senior Administrator
                                Posted on: 11 Mar 14 16:02
                                  Quote:
                                  Originally Posted by Adbear
                                  BD Rebuilder will also do that, and they did it before DVDFab brought their software out and it's still free
                                  Oops. Missed the 3D part in my post. I meant BD50-3D -> BD25-3D

                                  For 2D sources I already use BD Rebuilder myself.
                                  Kerry56
                                  Administrator
                                  Posted on: 11 Mar 14 16:38
                                    BD Rebuilder added full 3D support back in January.
                                    zebadee
                                    CD Freaks Member
                                    Posted on: 11 Mar 14 16:44
                                      Quote:
                                      Originally Posted by Liggy
                                      Oops. Missed the 3D part in my post. I meant BD50-3D -> BD25-3D

                                      For 2D sources I already use BD Rebuilder myself.
                                      Really? Need to read the update history.

                                      Quote:
                                      Originally Posted by Kerry56
                                      BD Rebuilder added full 3D support back in January.
                                      Beat me to it.....................
                                      Ch3vr0n
                                      MyCE Rookie
                                      Posted on: 12 Mar 14 00:49
                                        Quote:
                                        Originally Posted by Kerry56
                                        BD Rebuilder added full 3D support back in January.
                                        no it didn't. Jdobbs added 3D support for MOVIE-ONLY!!! so far, he's still working internally on adding full disc support. He said he has achieved some success on his own, but there is no public version yet with that support
                                        Kerry56
                                        Administrator
                                        Posted on: 12 Mar 14 01:48
                                          ^Good point

                                          I never make full backups though, so not something I consider. And I dislike 3D so, not a feature I'll make use of anyway.
                                          FreqNasty_RiseS
                                          MyCE Member
                                          Posted on: 12 Mar 14 01:50
                                            @Liggy

                                            Any noticeable loss in quality when re-encoding BD50 to BD25 using DvdFab?
                                            Macrovision3500
                                            MyCE Resident
                                            Posted on: 12 Mar 14 02:05
                                              This year could be rough for backing up your movies. I predict the movie studios will target all decrypters...eg DVD43, AnyDVD, and a few others. After all, they are the ones who work around the clock to break these DRMs. Without decrytion on the fly...they know you cant back up your movies. This could affect torrents in the long run as far as quality is concerned.
                                              platinumsword
                                              Senior Moderator
                                              Posted on: 12 Mar 14 04:57
                                                Torrent Freaks point of view.

                                                Quote:
                                                U.S. Court Orders Seizure of “DVD Ripping” Software Domains and Funds

                                                A New York federal court has granted the seizure of several domain names, bank funds and social media accounts belonging to DVD ripping software company DVDFab. Judge Broderick ruled in favor of AACS, the licensing outfit founder by Warner Bros, Disney, Microsoft, Intel and others.
                                                Link: http://torrentfreak.com/u-s-court-or...-funds-140310/
                                                Liggy
                                                Senior Administrator
                                                Posted on: 12 Mar 14 10:49
                                                  Quote:
                                                  Originally Posted by FreqNasty_RiseS
                                                  Any noticeable loss in quality when re-encoding BD50 to BD25 using DvdFab?
                                                  I personally didn't notice a quality-loss - but that doesn't necessarily mean much.
                                                  oao894
                                                  New Member
                                                  Posted on: 14 Mar 14 09:34
                                                    I found DVDFab restored business at www.dvdfab.cn to serve existing customers.
                                                    The injunction is ridiculous, people have the right to deal with things they bought for personal purpose. Let’s go to www.ilikedvdfab.com and support it!

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