From Torrent Freak:

To make it harder for pirates to get their hands on the latest blockbusters, all popular Blu-rays and HD streams have content protection.

HDCP is the standard in the field. The technology, which is owned by Intel daughter company DCP, makes it hard to rip HD content, but not impossible.

Earlier this year DCP and Warner Bros. filed two lawsuits against companies that sell hardware which can effectively bypass HDCP 2.2 content protection.

The first lawsuit against a Chinese company was settled last month, with the rightsholders on the ‘losing’ end. However, this week DCP and Warner Bros. have something to celebrate.

The two companies signed a settlement with the California-based hardware seller Ace Deal, which admits to violating their rights under the DMCA. Ace Deal sold so-called HDCP strippers, devices that allow users to render protected video content in the clear, circumventing the copy protection.

The parties have submitted a joint proposal for a final judgment and a permanent injunction at a California federal court. According to the documents (pdf) Ace Deal sold 2,078 circumvention devices in recent years.

Not only does the hardware seller admit guilt, it has also agreed to a hefty damages amount of $5,250,000, which is quite something for such a small company.

In addition to the money, the settlement includes a permanent injunction that prohibits Ace Deal and its employees from offering similar products in the future.

They are ordered to refrain from “importing, manufacturing, offering to the public, providing, selling, using, or otherwise…

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