Big Content is furious that DVDFab has not folded beneath the weight of its mighty briefs and has demanded a court hold the outfit in contempt of court.
AACS, the decryption licensing outfit founded by Warner Bros, Disney, Microsoft, and Intel has told a New York federal court that DVDFab’s parent company has ignored a permanent injunction that was issued last year.
In 2014 the AACS LA initiated a crackdown on DRM-circumvention software and targeted DVDFab in a New York federal court.
After a brief legal battle the court ruled in favor of AACS, issuing an injunction based on the argument that the “DVDFab Group” violates the DMCA’s anti-circumvention clause, since their software can bypass DVD and Bluray encryption.
The injunction barred DVDFab from distributing its software in public and allowed AACS to seize a wide range of domain names and block the company’s social media accounts.
It worked for a while, the software vendor briefly blocked US purchases but went back to business as usual soon after.
“Defendants are again offering DVDFab software that circumvents AACS Technology for purchase and download from the United States via their enjoined website at DVDFab.cn,” AACS moaned.
To make matters worse, the company has even expanded its operations and launched an XBMC box called VidOn which also allows users to rip DVDs and Blurays.
According to AACS, the VidOn box uses the same DVDFab technology to rip Blu-Ray disks (via a PC).
The VidOn box is widely available to the U.S. public and promoted using various social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
According to AACS these clear violations of the permanent injunction should not go unpunished. The company therefore asks the court to award damages and to issue coercive contempt sanctions of $10,000 per day.
“Plaintiff requests the Court impose a coercive sanction of $10,000 per day on Defendants, continuing until Defendants come into compliance with the Amended PI Order,” AACS writes.
In addition, the rightsholders want the permanent injunction to be updated so DVDFab is also barred from selling the new VidOn products and operating other related websites through which its ripping tools are offered.
AACS also failed to completely shut down its competitor AnyDVD. While the parent company SlySoft shut down, the development was quickly taken over by RedFox, without any significant changes.