April 10, 2016

Don't Rest In Peace

Slysoft was forced out of business in February. They're the folks that sold "AnyDVD" and "AnyDVD HD" all these years that allowed us to defeat region codes and encryption.

They were based in Antigua, and someone managed to get them fined $11,000 by the government.


They aren't dead. They've reformed, in Belize, under the name Redfox. And they're still selling the products from before.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 05:30 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 There are very few product 'features' that have pissed me off as much as region codes. I buy a product, I expect it to work for me, not somebody else.

Maybe the fact that my unlocked phone still doesn't permit me root access to the OS. Yeah, that pisses me off about as much as region codes.

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at April 10, 2016 05:45 PM (l55xw)

2 The fact is, the Japanese companies weren't (and largely still aren't) prepared to offer region-free, cheap versions of their product for foreign consumption, unless something else is done to cripple them and make them undesirable for their domestic audience.

Of course, the easiest way to do that is "don't include the Japanese audio track at all". And that was done a few times. Naturally not my favored solution!

The other alternative, and one that was also tried a few times, was to put hard subtitles in the video. Of course this didn't work for anything that you dubbed, and it was muy unpopular here on top of that...

That said, I authored a whole lot of unencrypted discs back in the day. The Japanese would go nuts if you didn't make the disc R1, but they didn't care if you used DSS on it...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at April 10, 2016 09:55 PM (v29Tn)

3 A big problem with the same practices today is, they became harder to deal with. Getting an app at Google Play (former Store) is linked to an account. You can create a "Japanese" account, but as soon as you connect a payment instrument to it, the account reverts to the country of the card or PayPal account. VPN is no help dealing with that.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 11, 2016 03:44 PM (XOPVE)

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