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DVDFab down, domain seized by AACS LA – movie industry

Posted 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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DrageMester
Retired Moderator
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 20:57
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.
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Wombler
Administrator & Reviewer
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 21:17
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
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AGJ
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 21:56
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
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Wombler
Administrator & Reviewer
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 22:20
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
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alan1476
Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 22:30
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?
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DVDRangerForum
MyCE Junior Member
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 22:35
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.
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Wombler
Administrator & Reviewer
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 22:42
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
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DVDRangerForum
MyCE Junior Member
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 22:45
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
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roadworker
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 22:46
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.....
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ILLP
MyCE Member
Posted on: 10 Mar 14 22:54
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
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roadworker
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 11 Mar 14 00:45
Seems that more and more places become aware of this coup:

http://torrentfreak.com/u-s-court-or...-funds-140310/
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ILLP
MyCE Member
Posted on: 11 Mar 14 00:50
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.
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TSJnachos117
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 11 Mar 14 00:57
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.
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Liggy
Senior Administrator
Posted on: 11 Mar 14 07:45
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
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Adbear
MyCE Junior Member
Posted on: 11 Mar 14 08:07
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
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Liggy
Senior Administrator
Posted on: 11 Mar 14 15:02
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.
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Kerry56
Administrator
Posted on: 11 Mar 14 15:38
BD Rebuilder added full 3D support back in January.
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zebadee
CD Freaks Member
Posted on: 11 Mar 14 15:44
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.....................
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Ch3vr0n
MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 11 Mar 14 23:49
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
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Kerry56
Administrator
Posted on: 12 Mar 14 00:48
^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.
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FreqNasty_RiseS
MyCE Member
Posted on: 12 Mar 14 00:50
@Liggy

Any noticeable loss in quality when re-encoding BD50 to BD25 using DvdFab?
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Macrovision3500
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 12 Mar 14 01:05
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.
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platinumsword
Senior Moderator
Posted on: 12 Mar 14 03:57
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/
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Liggy
Senior Administrator
Posted on: 12 Mar 14 09:49
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.
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oao894
New Member
Posted on: 14 Mar 14 08:34
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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