Feb. 24th, 2016 should be a sad day to software companies developing DVD and Blu-ray decrypting tools and their customers who own stacks of DVDs and Blu-rays at home, because it was on that day, SlySoft, the Antigua and Barbuda-based software developer who is prominently known for its DVD and Blu-ray decrypting tools AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD, was forced to shut down, and all people can see, when trying to approach its website, is a plain short message that reads, “Due to recent regulatory requirements we have had to cease all activities relating to SlySoft Inc. We wish to thank our loyal customers/clients for their patronage over the years.”
Words have wings and bad news travel fast! Soon, speculations and gossips were flooding over the internet. What just happened to the legendary red fox? Would it be permanently gone? What about my lifetime license? Who the hell did this to SlySoft? Will it make a comeback shortly after, maybe under another name? Those questions surely are enough to upset SlySoft’s customers a lot, and other competitors to some extent, as they might be eager to know badly who is behind this and who will become its next target.
It turned out that AACS-LA is the one that hunts down the red fox. But why? As the licensing body of the Advanced Access Content System copy protections applied on the commercial DVD and Blu-ray discs, they claim that the existence of such decrypting software is an opening threat to copyright act, and they think it promotes the copyright infringements by allowing people to freely access the copyrighted DVDs and Blu-rays for illegal redistributions. However, is this true? It seems not! How many times do you see a guy selling cheap copies of DVD and Blu-ray discs in the street, if we may ask, AACS-LA? Did you guys ever drop by a DVD and Blu-ray rental store to check in person whether or not the store owner is copying genuine DVDs and Blu-rays so as to rent out to movie lovers? As a movie lover, who will bother to rent a copied DVD?
The truth is that, according to the Fair Use Act, people are allowed to make personal backups of the copyrighted materials they bought without asking for a written permission from the issuing company, as long as they are not using the backup copies to make profit. Under this assumption, it should be totally okay for individuals who buy a lot of DVDs and Blu-rays to make backup copies, just to save the original ones from being scratched, damaged or getting lost; it should also not be a problem for them to convert their purchased DVDs and Blu-rays into correct formats for enjoying on their iPods, iPads and iPhones, or any other mobile devices they legally own.
Enough is enough. AACS-LA should know when and where to brake properly. It has done its part to defend its interest, which as a matter of fact, no one even attempts to steal away from them, and then it is totally SlySoft’s call to decide whether or not to continue the business to defend itself and its customers. Good thing is that it seems that they are already taking some counter measures, by renaming SlySoft into RedFox! Well, it’s not bad to have such a straight name, does it? Look at iPhone makes who calls itself Apple the fruit, and Android makers who names its applications based on all kinds of candies and deserts! The only question is, does this mean people will soon welcome RedFox Software who replaces the dying SlySoft with RedFox AnyDVD, RedFox AnyDVD HD, RedFox DVD Ripper, and RedFox Blu-ray Ripper?
For God’s sake, it will be damn good if this can work out. After all, it has such a considerable large customer base out there that it is responsible for. But what If it does not? What about the customers out there? What’s the way out? Can they still protect their investment should the legendary Red Fox be gone forever? Are there any other options on the market?
Good luck is that they still have Passkey from DVDFab, another world-class decrypting tool which enjoys a wilder popularity among movie lovers around the world. As an AnyDVD alternative, Passkey for DVD and Passkey for Blu-ray can work as background process to unprotect any DVD and Blu-ray discs inserted into a computer disc drive, and thus allowing users to freely access any contents on the disc with 3rd party tools, for whatever home use purposes, including but not limited to, making backup hard copies to watch on a home DVD or Blu-ray player machine, ripping to computer hard disc drives for watching with a video player software, or converting to compatible formats to enjoy on the move on smart phones and tablet computers like iPhone, iPad, and iPod, etc.
Aside from removing the encryptions, Passkey for DVD & Blu-ray can do a lot more. If users only want to rip the DVDs and Blu-rays to HDDs, then they even don’t need any 3rd party tools, because Passkey itself can fully handle that process. There is a very worthy feature which lets users to rip DVDs and Blu-rays on to computer HDDs and save them in the form of ISO files or movie folders, which both can be watched directly with a piece of media player software. To defend your right of fairly use the materials you purchased, Passkey is now the only viable alternative you can have, and now DVDFab is showing a promotion on it, where people can get the Passkey for DVD & Blu-ray with up to 50% off.