Today's consumers want to enjoy high quality entertainment such as music, movies and streaming video wherever and whenever they wish. That means being able to easily shift copyright-protected content among a fast-growing array of digital devices - from multimedia PCs and DVRs to personal music players, mobile phones and in-vehicle systems.

The 4C Entity was formed to develop technologies that will enable premium content to be shared as authorized on a wide range of electronic devices built by multiple manufacturers. 4C Entity is working to provide consumers with flexible access to all forms of digital content, while ensuring that the content is high quality, easy to store and maintain, transferable to similar digital devices and copyright-holder friendly.

Stay current with 4C Entity by checking this news and announcement section frequently. Here you will find all announcements in chronological order with the latest item at the top. Archived announcements are also available


May 21, 2021 - Extension Agreements and Updated License Agreements are Now Available

The 4C Entity, LLC is pleased to announce that the following extension agreements are available for renewal of expiring 4C license agreements:

  • 4C CPRM/CPPM License Extension Agreement
  • CPRM for SD-Binding License Extension Agreement
  • C2 Decryption License Extension Agreement
  • C2 Encryption License Extension Agreement

The Extension Agreements are intended to continue the terms of the existing license agreements for an additional ten-year term. Please contact 4C Entity, LLC for further information.

The 4C Entity, LLC is also pleased to announce the availability of new versions of the 4C license agreements:

  • 4C CPRM/CPPM License Agreement (Rev. 2.1 dated April 1, 2021)
  • CPRM for SD-Binding License Agreement (Rev 2.1 dated April 1, 2021)
  • C2 Decryption License Agreement (Rev 2.1 dated April 1, 2021)
  • C2 Encryption License Agreement (Rev 2.1 dated April 1, 2021)

The new versions of the license agreements are remain unchanged except to reduce the term and to establish a static annual administrative fee. Please contact 4C Entity LLC for more information regarding the available 4C license agreements.

July 24, 2012 - Updated CPRM for eBook Addendum and CPRM Specification, SD Memory Card Book, SD-SD eBook Part

The 4C Entity, LLC is pleased to announce that the updated CPRM for eBook Addendum and the CPRM Specification, SD Memory Card Book, SD-SD eBook Part, Revision 0.92 are now available. The Compliance Rules for CPRM for SD-SD eBook specified in the CPRM for eBook Addendum has incorporated a clarification to treatment of supplementary video stream. The new specification has some additional encryption mode including AES-CBC for a single block or for each 2KB.

December 15, 2011 - Modifications to Enable CPRM Handling of Analog Sunset Content

4C Entity, LLC is pleased to announce changes to our Specifications to establish an “Analog Sunset Token” field to identify video content for which an upstream content protection regime (such as AACS) has established a requirement that no analog video output is permitted for content flowing through licensed products made after December 31, 2013. Note that this AST field is not available for use in the CPRM for the Video Recording Format specified in the CPRM Specification DVD Book (“CPRM for DVD-VR”). To implement the AST capability, we are also announcing changes to our Compliance Rules (a) to require all Participating Video Recorders to set the AST field for video content received from AACS and other content protection regimes that require its use and (b) to require all Participating Video Players to honor the assertion of the AST by not permitting content for which the AST field has been set to be output using any analog video outputs. These new requirements are applicable as to Participating Video Recorders and Participating Video Players manufactured after December 31, 2013 (except insofar as such products are handling content in the CPRM for DVD-VR format).

The effect of these changes is that CPRM technology (again except for the CPRM for DVD-VR format) will be authorized as a Managed Copy Output Technology for AACS Content and will be able to be authorized for use with other content protection regimes that implement a requirement prohibiting the use of analog video outputs for content being output from products manufactured after December 31, 2013.

May 04, 2011

The 4C Entity, LLC is pleased to announce that (1) the CPRM Specification, SD Memory Card Book, SD-SD Part, Revision 0.94 and (2) the CPRM Specification, SD Memory Card Book, SD-SD eBook Part, Revision 0.91 are now available.

The specification (1) has incorporated a modification of storing 128-bit User Keys in the SD Memory Card and a clarification on updating MKB using MKB Extension and MKB Update.

The specification (2) has incorporated output control information for possible use of audio-visual outputs for SD-SD eBook content, including analog video output and unprotected digital video outputs.

These documents replace those that were previously withdrawn. These specifications are licensed pursuant to a special license addendum to the main CPRM/CPPM License Agreement that must be completed before the technologies in the specifications may be implemented.

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4C Entity has developed a solution: Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) and Content Protection for Pre-recorded Media (CPPM). The CPRM/CPPM specification defines a renewable cryptographic method for protecting entertainment content when recorded on removable and portable physical media including, but not limited to, DVD media and Flash memory.

The CPRM/CPPM specification was designed to meet the robustness and renewability requirements of content owners while balancing the implementation needs of both the consumer electronics and PC industries. Multimedia applications enabled by 4C technologies are creating vast new market opportunities for content providers, service providers, application developers and device manufacturers. By using 4C Entity technology solutions and specifications, device manufacturers can offer consumers a wide range of choice for sharing premium content among digital devices while reducing long development times and resources.