The Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the movie ‘Patriots Days’ has appeared on torrent sites. It’s the second direct copy of an Ultra HD Blu-ray movie that has been released on the internet.
Before Cyberlink released PowerDVD 17 in April this year, it was only possible to playback Ultra HD Blu-ray movies on standalone players. With PowerDVD 17 it’s also possible to playback Ultra HD Blu-ray movies on PCs. Not on all PCs, only if they contain hardware that supports AACS 2.0 and HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2.
Hollywood hoped that these standards would offer sufficient protection against piracy but it seems somehow pirates of the group ‘Terminal’ have found a way to rip Ultra HD Blu-ray movies.
The copy of ‘Patriots Days’ is 81.98 GB and contains all the files of the original discs. Users report the release is real.
It’s not the first time a Ultra HD Blu-ray copy is released on the web, previously also the Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the ‘Smurfs 2’ appeared on the web which was also believed to be a real copy.
The question remains how the pirates were able to make a copy of the disc, it’s possible it was leaked during the production of the disc but it’s also possible that someone broke the copy protection of the Ultra HD Blu-ray format. Another possibility is that somehow the Cyberlink software has paved the way for pirates to make a copy.