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19 July 2010, 13:24

Blu-ray project for free media players launched

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The VideoLAN project, known for such developments as the popular VLC media player have developed a free library for Blu-ray playback. The main task for libbluray is navigation, menu control and the support of the BD Java (BD-J) used on Blu-ray discs.

Released under the LGPL 2.1 in June, the library is said to be highly portable due to its small number of dependencies and is currently being developed for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Those who are interested can find the brand new libbluray code in the VideoLAN project's version management system at git://

To be on the safe side in terms of legal requirements, libbluray will not include any features for bypassing the AACS and BD+ Blu-ray copy protection mechanisms. This means that users won't be able to play back the majority of commercial discs, as most of them are copy protected.

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