DVDFab today announced that it has released updates for DVDFab 10, Passkey 9 and Player 5 that adds support for ripping and playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. To decrypt the AACS 2.0 protected discs, the Chinese company cooperates with Russian Arusoft, the developers of DeUHD.
Two years ago, DVDFab issued a press release promising it would never circumvent the AACS 2.0 copy protection. The decision was possibly fueled by actions from the AACS-LA, the AACS 2.0 licensing body. In 2014, they successfully attempted to shut down the dvdfab.com domain, and they took measures to make it harder for the company to accept payments. Also Slysoft was targeted by the AACS-LA, resulting in the shutdown of Slysoft in 2016, which later resurrected as Redfox.
Despite the efforts of the AACS-LA, DVDFab is doing business as usual, using a Chinese domain and Chinese payment processor. Sticking to its promise, the company never released software to rip Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. According to DVDFab, it “intentionally crippled” its UHD Copy and UHD Ripper software to keep its promise to not crack AACS 2.0.
Today that changes, by partnering with the Russian developer Arusoft, DVDFab feels it does stick to its promise, while also offering its customers a way to rip and playback AACS 2.0 protected UHD Blu-ray discs. The partnership means that DVDFab software will be able to decrypt all discs that can be ripped with DeUHD, but with a delay.
Part of the deal between DVDFab and Arusoft is that when new discs are supported by DeUHD, it will take a couple of days before DVDFab also supports them. As a DVDFab spokesperson explains, “There might be a delay of no more than one week in between. This means, if a user finds out an UHD disc which DVDFab cannot decrypt but is already in the supported list of DeUHD, there is no need to panic. Just wait for a couple more days. This planned delay is how the two software vendors agree to work out a way for cooperation.”
Arusoft’s technology to circumvent the AACS 2.0 protection is not only used by DVDFab copy and conversion software, also its DVDFab Player 5 software will use the technology. DVDFab Player 5 will be able to playback both protected and unprotected Ultra HD Blu-ray discs from today.
In its press release, DVDFab also mocks its competitors, as the company writes, “Unlike MakeMKV and AnyDVD who are still depending on either manual update of leaked keys from internet or the “secretly borrowed keys from others” to make backups of UHD titles, with the integrated decrypting capability from DeUHD, DVDFab is now able to decrypt the genuine 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movie discs.”
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