Consumers sue ATI over HDCP support
The Inquirer reports that a number of consumers have filed a class-action
lawsuit against ATI over the company's claims of support for High-bandwidth
Digital Content Protection support in its video cards. Allegedly, ATI
has claimed HDCP support since "at least 2003," but "if video cards or
monitors aren't designed to the right specifications, the 'new content
protection scheme will not allow high definition audiovisual content to
be clearly transmitted'."
ATI, it's alleged, said many of its graphics card are sold as HDCP
ready, or HDCP compliant. "These representations were false and the
cards cannot transmit content pursuant to the HDCP specification. ATI
has begun to revise its website marketing materials to delete reference
to video cards being HDCP ready or compliant," the filing claims.
The crux of the issue seems to be the lack of HDCP support at the board level
on many ATI graphics cards, effectively
prohibiting HDCP content output despite GPU-level support from ATI. The
Inquirer says the litigants have requested a jury trial, but
it isn't known what kind of reparations they seek from ATI.