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SlySoft Inc. is a software company located in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda. Its products consist of software to back up and convert digital media, including CDs, DVDs, HD DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs, as well as copy and back up optical media and render PC-based games playable without the disc.
- AnyDVD to remove/disable DRM restrictions and user prohibited operations on DVD films, and to fix structure protections and mastering errors
- AnyDVD HD - to remove DRM, lock-outs, and UOPs on DVD films and additionally High Definition media, specifically Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD
- CloneCD - to copy optical discs in raw format
- CloneDVD - to copy non-DRM DVD movies to the hard disk or Single or Dual-Layer DVD blanks (sold also by Elaborate Bytes AG)
- CloneDVD mobile - to convert DVD files to mobile video players like the iPod or the PlayStation Portable
- CloneBD - to copy non-DRM Blu-ray movies to the hard disk or Single or Dual-Layer Blue-ray blanks (sold also by Elaborate Bytes AG)
- Game Jackal - to create CD profiles so a disc isn't required when starting the game
- Game Jackal Enterprise - extended version of Game Jackal with additional features such as automatic distribution of game profiles to client machines
- Virtual CloneDrive is a disk image emulator. It is designed for mounting images created by the SlySoft programs CloneCD (.CCD files) and AnyDVD HD (*.ISO files), it can also mount BIN formats.
AACS and BD+
SlySoft was the first to offer AACS circumvention that worked for any disc available; previous programs only cracked "compatible" discs using a database of known keys.
On 8 November 2007, SlySoft claimed to have completely cracked BD+. However, this turned out to be incorrect, as subsequent versions of BD+ security code have caused SlySoft to re-design its software. On 3 March 2008, SlySoft updated AnyDVD HD allowing the full decryption of BD+, allowing for not only the viewing of the film itself but also playing and copying disks with third-party software. A third iteration of BD+ was released in November 2008, and was announced to be cracked by SlySoft with the release of AnyDVD HD 188.8.131.52 on 29 December 2008. A fourth version of BD+ security code was discovered with the movie Australia on 17 February 2009, thwarting the effectiveness of SlySoft's software.
On 1 December 2008 SlySoft announced it would for the first time begin charging its customers for updates to its software.
In November 2010, SlySoft initially announced the discontinuation of the lifetime licensing option beginning January 2011. An e-mail announcing the change ahead of time was sent to all registered customers allowing everyone the chance to purchase the lifetime option "while it is still possible;" and the notice was posted to their official forums. In January 2011, all announcements regarding the change were deleted without comment and a new structured licensing plan was put into place; including the lifetime licensing option at the highest priced tier. SlySoft was able to balance the internal cost matter and the licensing strategy in such a way as to allow continuation of the "lifetime" license option. The 'update service' will only allow updates with a valid license and users are warned if they attempt to install an update beyond the license expiry date. If the user cancels the update the current paid-up license will continue to work. If the user continues then a "renewal" is required.
- "Clone DVD mobile". Slysoft.com. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "Game Jackal Enterprise". Slysoft.com. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "Virtual CloneDrive". Slysoft.com. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "SlySoft Press Release". Forum.slysoft.com. 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "SlySoft defeats Blu-ray's BD+ DRM scheme again". Forum.slysoft.com. 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "BD+ discs that may not work properly with AnyDVD HD". Forum.slysoft.com. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "BD+ re-secured, SlySoft beaten". Afterdawn.com. 2008-12-13. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "AnyDVD Version Change Log". Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "Press release: SlySoft announces new update policy". Forum.slysoft.com. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "Original text of the announcement". Mediasmartserver.net. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
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