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- Nov 28, 2011
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I would imagine that the cost of reauthoring and repressing discs would exceed whatever licensing fee there would be for using the existing discs.
I'm thinking of dvd or bluray titles where the original first-released versions had extra basketcase drm encoded on their original releases, while the subsequent repressings/re-releases had no extra basketcase drm at all.
As concrete examples, I have many Sony dvd titles which were widely known to have the Arccos extra basketcase drm on their original first released dvd versions back in the day (circa 2005 -> 2010). For some of these same titles, I also have the repressed (or re-released) dvd versions which had no extra basketcase drm at all. (I found the older original first releases at various goodwills or $2 local dump bins). Stuff like: Stuart Little 3, Resident Evil 2, Stealth, District 9, etc ...
As a prominent example, the James Bond Casino Royale dvd released by Sony in early 2007 was notorious having very nasty extra basketcase drm which made the dvd discs unplayable on many Sony manufactured dvd players. Sony had to do a recall/replacement on this version at the time. Subsequent released dvd versions of Casino Royale had no extra basketcase drm at all.
As an example of minimal "passive" reauthoring, the Fox released bluray version of the non-restored Terminator 1 had the AACS encryption keys updated. The first bluray version of Terminator 1 was released by Sony in 2006, which had the first batch of AACS encryption keys that were cracked very quickly by the doom9 crowd.