Warner Bros. Sued for Pirating Anti-Piracy Technology

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Sadly, Warner is going to win this suit because they're the huge corporation with near infinite pockets.

And this is what will separate us from them, they have the money to defend themselves, while any individual will get demolished.

This article gives me a headache, let me get this straight. Company T is suing company W for Company W's alleged unautharized use of technology F, a technology that prevents unautharized copying of videos, under Patent Q, which according to the article is actually Patent B owned by Company B.

so if i sort this all out


Ahahahahahahahah... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha... aahhaaa.... I hate WB drm, the last dvd I bought from them included a "digital copy" which of course was useless as I could not put it on my PSP or my sister's ipod.

Delicious irony... Mmmm, yes. This will sustain me for weeks XD

Pirating anti piracy tech to stop piracy? I think my brain just ate itself.

I can't even come up with a good response now.

Sweet irony... almost as good as pie... irony flavored pie...

What was I talking about?

I have no idea what to say, but this is tremendously ironic.

Poor geezers.

This made my day. Good job WB.

This is why I don't care if people pirate anything. For all the companies and people that complain about their stuff getting pirated 3 other companies PIRATE THEMSELVES.

Microsoft using a pirated sound program for xp's sounds, Rockstar selling a pirated copy of their own game, hell companies I've worked for were using pirated programs! They insisted it's paid for yet it's very clearly not. No one wants to pay for anything it's ridiculous, I don't care for it myself honestly. If I'm to "yarr matey" a game it's to see if my computer can run it (Ya know there's no demo which is annoyingly common) but I'm going to buy it anyway. It makes me scared to get into any kind of business selling stuff myself, no one is going to pay for it.

Howsit feel now film companies? Now you're all hypocrites and there's nothing you can tell us off for, ever again.

Wow. I am literally speechless, so I will just demonstrate my breathless impression on this subject with just three dots


This is shockingly ironic.


Just had to

Ninja'd. I love that video and it was the first thing I thought of when I read the title.

I know it's not likely but I really hope WB loses this case. I will also never feel guilty if I ever decide to pirate a WB movie (though I doubt I ever will.)

I love irony. It's so delicious. Tastes like chicken.

On-topic, I think this is a case where whoever wins, we lose.

I can just smell the irony in this.

uh huh...

so they pirated an anti-pirate system...

I lack words to express the beauty of the irony behind this... It's... Poetic...

This ! For sure

Maybe now they can stop trolling youtube and being dicks? Seriously, youtube isn't harming anyone, they're going as far as totally audio blocking videos with snippets of songs in. Another thing on that note, do WMG own ALL music? Because there seems to be no limits on what they're claiming is theirs. I hope they throw the book at them, hard.

Once again Irony proves herself to be one B-E-A UTIFUL thing x)

I have one question: Where is your god now? WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW?

money money money... its so funny... =)

I don't see how this will stop piracy that much tbh. Aren't most movies totally re-encoded by the pirates?

I have to just say image

Seriously, all they had to do was give Germany credit for the technology and that's that!

Thats just.....just wondeful it really is

Hand me the popcorn.

if I read this right, they didn't pirate any technology as much as they stole the idea. Which i guess is pretty much the same thing isnt it. Hope they get sued for big money! Although, why only mention this now, it seems like it might be a lie. Didn't they supposedly do it in 2004 or something like that, why are we only hearing about it now.

Pirating an anti-piracy thing? I think the whole thing is in danger of collapsing into a singularity.

First of all: Bwahahahahaaaa

Second of all: Booo, WB, you hypocrites.

I wont get any freaking diet tribes like some of the drivel spewers who are commenting, but I will say this in my best opera voice:

Next we'll have DRM on DRM...

How?! just freaking how do you do that?

If your anti-pirating technology was pirated, doesn't that mean that it's not really anti-pirating technology?

Or does it mean it didn't work at all?

The irony on this one is think enough to cut with a... Patent form?
This sounds like an April 1st headline to be sure.

money money money... its so funny... =)

I don't see how this will stop piracy that much tbh. Aren't most movies totally re-encoded by the pirates?

..not really. The rips are just stripped data that's compressed back from the usual commercial formats. But the hd-releases that turned up a while ago was the digital film that movie-theaters got. So this kind of drm would take care of the people who copy the digital streams instead of just letting it stay in the box until the premiere day. Honestly, without the (not very smart) people who do pre-screening and so on for WB and others, we would never get the "blockbuster" summer movies out on torrents before the premiere. It'd just be the niche-releases instead, basically.

Or else it would be later releases that won't compete, at all, with the premiere week... (unless you live in.. anywhere else but the US, obviously)..

Next we'll have DRM on DRM...

That exists already. The production kits that are used to create the master discs, etc., are full of industry grade DRM, so they won't get abused, lost, and so on :)

Need... oxygen... laughing.... too hard...

Andy Chalk:
Warner Bros. Sued for Pirating Anti-Piracy Technology


Warner Bros. has been sued by a German technology firm which claims the movie and television production company pirated its anti-piracy technology.

German firm Medien Patent Verwaltung claims that in 2003, it revealed a new kind of anti-piracy technology to Warner Bros. that marks films with specific codes so pirated copies can be traced back to their theaters of origin. But like a great, hilariously-ironic DRM Ouroborus, the company claims that Warner began using the system throughout Europe in 2004 but hasn't actually paid a dime for it.

"We disclosed our anti-piracy technology to Warner Bros. in 2003 at their request, under strict confidentiality, expecting to be treated fairly," the company said in a statement. "Instead, they started using our technology extensively without our permission and without any accounting to us."

Medien Patent Verwaltung originally claimed that Warner was infringing on patent 7,187,633, called "Motion Picture and Anti-Piracy Coding," but as The Hollywood Reporter discovered, the patent going by that particular name actually bears a different number and is held by none other than Warner Bros. MPV's attorney in New York acknowledged the error and said that the suit will be refiled with the proper information.

Which has no bearing on the question at hand: Is Warner Bros. using pirated anti-piracy technology? This one could be fun to watch.


This is just too sweet. Hate to revel in anyone's hardship, but this is just too rich. The audacity of WB if it turns out to be true. Not really setting a good example are they.

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