Intel, Warner lock horns with hardware biz over HDCP crypto-busters

'Leave our encrypted video alone'

Intel and Warner Bros have lawyered up to stop a Chinese company flogging hardware that strips out 4K copy protection.

Intel's subsidiary, Digital Content Protection (DCP), joined with the movie maker in a case filed on New Year's Eve in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The complaint [PDF] says LegendSky Tech Company's HDFury devices violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Lanham Act.

The products in question bypass the anti-piracy mechanism in HDCP 2.2, which encrypts HDTV content all the way up to 4K.

“LegendSky’s actions with respect to the HDFury Devices render Digital Content vulnerable to unauthorised access, copying, and distribution, harm Warner Bros. by rendering its Digital Content vulnerable to unauthorised access, copying, and distribution, and impair the effectiveness of HDCP, jeopardising DCP’s licensing revenues”, the complaint states.

Infringing devices from HDFury

The list of allegedly-infringing devices from the complaint

Since the company is allegedly operating without a license from DCP, the claim also complains that LegendSky is falsely identifying itself as complying with HDCP's licensing requirements.

The products in question are installed between an HDCP-compliant device like a player, and another device, handing over a “stripped” signal.

As always, the plaintiffs are seeking damages and an injunction to stop the sale of the devices.

In 2010, a red-faced Intel said HDCP encryption was broken, after its master key was leaked via Pastebin. ®


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