Free download from Disney+, Netflix and Amazon
A GitHub user named “Widevinedump” has published several codes that allow people to download HD video from many streaming platforms such as Disney+, Amazon, and Netflix to your hard drive. The code seems to be the real deal but the ‘free’ use is limited and may not be very secure.
With more ways to stream online video, protecting videos continues to be an issue for copyright holders. This is often achieved through Digital Rights Management. DRM is an anti-piracy tool that dictates when and where digital content can be accessed.
Widevine DRM is one of the leading DRM in the field. This Google-owned technology is used by many of the largest streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix and Disney+. As such, keeping it secure is important.
Widevine DRM is available at different levels. The L1 variant is the most secure one, followed by L2 and L3. While the latter still protects content from being downloaded, it’s certainly not too hard to bypass, as pirates have repeatedly been doing.
4K leaks are common nowadays. The tools to crack the toughest protection are available through private channels and for a few days, they’ve been floating around in public as well.
“Widevinedump” posted a collection of download tools on GitHub, which includes the ‘DISNEY-4K-SCRIPT’, ‘Netflix-4K-Script’, ‘WV-AMZN-4K-RIPPER’, ‘HBO-MAX-BLIM-TV-Paramount-4k-Downloader’, ‘APPLE-TV-4K-Downloader’ and several others.
TorrentFreak spoke to a source who confirmed that these scripts are the real deal. However, they appear to be relatively old pieces of code that may not be the most secure. Using these tools could get someone banned by a streaming platform.
There is another major issue that needs to be addressed. Most of the download tools don’t come with the Content Decryption Module (CDM) that’s included to download 4K content. To gain access, people are required to buy it from the leaker, who writes that people can contact them via email.
That being said, there is also a free L1 Content Decryption Module posted in the ‘LenovoTB-X505X-L1-KEY’ repository. A trusted source confirmed to TorrentFreak that this CDM is indeed working. However, as Widevinedump also notes, it may not be avilable for much longer.
“Working L1 CDM FOR NETFLIX & ALL SITES |AMZN-DSNP-Blocked|. Note This CDM Will Burn in 2-3 Days So Use as much u can..,” Widevinedump writes.
While these leaks are a major blow to the streaming platforms, which do all they can to keep their content protected, the developer has another agenda. In addition to selling CDMs, the code was apparently leaked to “punish” some people on Discord, who we assume shared it privately.
“Hi! My name is WVDUMP. I am Leaking the CDM to burn it & punish few idiots that think themselves as dicord lords [sic],” the developer writes.
Nevertheless, using these tools can lead to all sorts of problems. It is clearly in violation of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions. As such, we doubt they will stay on GitHub for much longer.