Blu-ray Wes Novack on 17 Jan 2007
HD Torrents on The PirateBay
The past few weeks, there have been multiple news reports, articles, online chit chat and hub-bub about a tool that has been released that is designed to rip HD DVD-ROM movies. Additional reports ensued, with some sites highlighting the subsequent appearance of ripped HD DVD movie files on bittorrent trackers.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, a Doom9.org user who goes by the name “muslix64″ released a tool dubbed “BackupHDDVD” in late December. muslix64 even posted a video titled “AACS is unbreakable” on YouTube that shows his tool in action. The video was removed from YouTube, but can still be found on Google Video as of this posting.
Now that the HDDVDBackup utility has been released, HD DVD movies have started appearing on Torrent tracking websites. HDTVBlogger seems to be the first to have posted about a confirmed HD DVD rip appearing on a torrent tracking site. I did a quick search on the PirateBay, one of the most popular torrent tracking websites and found that many HD DVD rips are now readily available. I took a screenshot (image below) of a few of the HD DVD torrents that were currently available at the time of this post.
HD Torrents Screenshot
Do HD Torrents matter?
Ok, so now we know that it is indeed possible to backup and distribute your HD DVD videos (and Blu-ray Discs will probably soon follow suit). But does it matter? Is there actually a demand for HD DVD video files? Do pirates care about HD DVD rips or HD video files? Maybe… but maybe not. I will post more on these questions at a later time. Until then, let me know what you think!
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