DVDFab Announces no AACS 2.0 decryption to crack the next-gen 4K UHD Blu-rays

DVDFab just sent us a press release announcing the company will not support decryption of AACS 2.0. In the release the company stresses that it will never decrypt or circumvent AACS 2.0. Read the entire press release below:

DVDFab Announces No AACS 2.0 Decryption to Crack the Next-Gen 4K UHD Blu-rays

BEIJING — On February 25, 2016, Fengtao Software, the industry leader specializing in DVD, Blu-ray and video backup solutions,announced that the company will not crack or circumvent the next version Advanced Access Content System (publicly known as AACS), which will be used to protect the new Ultra HD (4K UHD) Blu-ray releases. Move on for the detailed story.

The New Standard The BDA, short for the Blu-ray Disc Association, revealed in 2015 the next-generation Blu-ray standard, the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc. The new 4K Blu-ray format features a resolution of 3840 x 2160, and supports high dynamic range (HDR), higher frame rates (up to 60 frames per second), as well as object-based immersive sound, such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. As to the encoding, the video will be encoded under the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard, aka H.265, and use 10-bit color depth and the Rec. 2020 color space. Next, Samsung Corporation, the South Korean consumer electronics giant, introduced world’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray player during the IFA 2015. It is believed that other companies will follow suit 1Q 2016. And according to Amazon and some large Brick and Mortar stores, there are already several UHD Blu-ray titles on sale now in some locations, including The Martian, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Exodus: Gods and Kings with more anticipated in March.

The Next Version of AACS Copy Protection Accompanying those newly released Ultra HD Blu-ray titles is the version 2.0 of Advanced Access Content System. According to a document called AACS 2.0 Draft, the new copy protection requires the Ultra HD Blu-ray players to support two AACS 2.0 functionalities, one named “basic” and the other referred as “enhanced”. Furthermore, the Enhanced AACS 2.0 requires an internet connection upon the first playback of a specific Ultra HD Blu-ray disc. As to the reason, it is said that the live internet connection is a must to retrieve a key which is stored on the device. The document also indicates that HDCP 2.2 is required in order to fully support 4K content, and Ultra HD Blu-ray players will also come up with a new feature called Trusted Execution Environment where authenticated code can be executed, which is said to be an enhanced version of BD+.

DVDFab Will Not Support Decryption of AACS 2.0 Although the debate as to whether or not it is legal to make backups of purchased commercial movie discs for personal home use has raged on for decades, the fact is that the decrypting of the copy protection never stops ever since the DVD age, and it’s not likely to stop in the foreseeable future. Now here comes the question: will there be a solution to crack AACS 2.0? Likely, there will be, publicly or secretly. However, Fengtao Software Inc. makes it clear that the company will not decrypt or circumvent AACS 2.0 in the days to come. This is in accordance with AACS-LA, (which has not made public the specifications for AACS 2.0), the BDA and the movie studios. Regarding Ultra HD support, DVDFab will concentrate development efforts on providing support for editing 4K/UHD content.

The information comes quickly after the announcement that Slysoft ceased operations after legal issues.


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