||The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (December 2010)|
Screenshot of DVD Decrypter 184.108.40.206, the last version to be released
|Stable release||220.127.116.11 / May 21, 2005|
(replaced by ImgBurn)
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Website||DVD Decrypter Website|
DVD Decrypter is a software application for Microsoft Windows (including Windows 7 support) that can create backup disk images of the DVD-Video structure of DVDs. It can be used to image any DVD, but controversially it is especially useful for decrypting copy protected movies. The program can also record images to disc. Content Scrambling System (CSS) decrypting software (such as DVD Decrypter and AnyDVD) allows a region-specific DVD to be copied as an all-region DVD. It also removes Macrovision content protection, CSS, region codes, and user operation prohibition.
Legality in the United States
As DVD Decrypter facilitates the removal of copy restrictions, certain uses may be illegal under the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act unless making copies which are covered under the Fair Use doctrine. In countries without similar laws there may not be any legal restrictions.
On June 6, 2005, the developer, Lightning UK!, announced via the CD Freaks website that he received a cease and desist letter from Macrovision. He later stated it was within his best interests to comply with the letter, and stopped development of the program. By June 7, 2005, a mirror site was up, which allowed people to download the final version (18.104.22.168). On November 27, 2005, Afterdawn.com, a Finnish website, announced that it complied with a letter received from Macrovision demanding that DVD Decrypter be taken down from its site. Shortly thereafter, an "original unofficial" mirror site with no connection to Lightning UK! reappeared.
Under United States Federal law, making a backup copy of a DVD-Video or an audio CD by a consumer is legal under fair use protection. However, this provision of United States law conflicts with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibition of so-called "circumvention measures" of copy protections.
In the "321" case, Federal District Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California, ruled that the backup copies made with software such as DVD Decrypter are legal but that distribution of the software used to make them is illegal.
The software was still legally available due to many countries not having such restrictions, but in November 2005, Macrovision acquired the intellectual property rights to the software, revoked all licenses of use for the software, and started sending cease-and-desist letters to distributors on the grounds of copyright infringement.
On October 4, 2005, Lightning UK! continued the development of the burning engine used by DVD Decrypter in his new tool, ImgBurn. ImgBurn, however, does not have the ability to circumvent copy protections of encrypted DVDs.
- DVD ripper (list of various related programs)
- "Cease and desist letter published at CD Freaks". Cdfreaks.com. April 22, 2006. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
- "CDFreaks.com". CDFreaks.com. April 22, 2006. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
- "Slyck News - Macrovision Forces Removal of DVD Decrypter". Slyck.com. November 24, 2005. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
- "(now at DVDDecrypter.org.uk, aka "The original unofficial DVD Decrypter mirror")". DVDDecrypter.co.uk. June 7, 2005. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
- Judge: DVD-copying software is illegal, afterdawn.com, February 20, 2004.
- DMCA Rules for Exemptions Regarding Circumvention of Access-Control Technologies, loc.gov, April 16, 2011
- Pyyny, Petteri "dRD". DVD Decrypter to be removed, afterdawn.com, November 24, 2005.
- "Official ImgBurn website". Imgburn.com. Retrieved September 4, 2011.