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I warn against the use of this instructable for illegal activity. I have provided this information for learning and entertainment use only. I take no legal or moral responsibilty for your actions.

Now that that is out of the way, some backstory. I started this project when my Dad bought dvd's from a Hollywood Video that was about an hour away, brought them home, and found that the cashier had left in the security bar that keeps you from opening the box. After tearing apart one box, utterly destroying it, i figured out a better way.

This is my first instructable. I will be trying to improve my skills as i continue to produce further articles.
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Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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First off, gather your materials. They are:

A movie with the red thing inside it (image two)

An incredibly strong magnet

A smaller but still strong magnet

The incredibly strong magnet was hard to come by for me. I tried making an electromagnet, but i couldn't get it strong enough. I don't have the money to go out or order from one of those retailers, so i spent two afternoons drilling through an old 3 gig hard drive (i told you it was old). The magnets inside harddrives are amazingly strong, so strong they can chip and break if you let them snap together, so be careful. The smaller magnets i bought at a Storables. Just look for any office supply store and look around the whiteboards.

Step 2: Lets Take a Lookie At That Red Thing

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Though very simple in mechanics, the little red thing (from now on refered to as the lock) is made up of two parts. The first part is a small metal block that is wedged into the end of the lock, which i couldn't get a picture of that wasn't in shadow.
The second part, which is shown, is a thin piece of metal which protrudes away from the bar. This is the actual locking mechanism. It catches on a lip of the case, thereby making it difficult to remove.
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My magnets dont stick to the case! Is there a type of dvd lock that does not use metal? Say an all plastic lock? Any ideas how to open one like that? I have used several types of magnets. I considered taking the dvd back to Target but i bought it 2 weeks ago and no longer have the reciept. Very annoyed as my children are hassling me to watch it! Can you please help?

hornbadoing6 years ago
with a magnet
I made a tiny tear on my Bourne Ultimatum box and then looked for advice, lo and behold an instructable on this very subject ;) I only needed two dinky little magnets, the type you use to attach a flashing badge bought at a concert/gig. Really amazed it was that simple to disable a disk lock - Cheers!
matstermind6 years ago
putting the magnets that close to a CD/DVD could erase the data sored on that disk.
I meant stored, typo
Possibly, but you must consider the way data is stored on a CD. It is "burnt" in with a laser, and the grooves it cause are read by another laser. Hard drives use magnetism to store data (hence the higher amount of data possible), making them vulnerable to a magnet. I'm gonna have to take an old DVD and magnetize it to see if I still have that data. Will update you with it.
slyfox117 (author)  matstermind6 years ago
they won't. CD's aren't like the old floppy disks, and won't be erased by magnetics. They do mess with hard drives because hard drives use magnetics to move the disc-reader head around.
it could if you run it very fast back and forth over it, but this won't. Just like a hard drive.
no, optical disks (CD, DVD, MagnetoFloptical, BluRay, HD DVD, and holographic disks) are affected by magnets, ever. The drives may be affected, but the disks won't.
Ok thanks for making that clear
slyfox117 (author)  matstermind6 years ago
no problem! hope you found it useful
hornbadoing6 years ago
haha shoot ink thats so funny lol
Yes, now be serious
Gage9876 years ago
hey next somewon should make an instrucatable on how to take those tan lump things on clothes like at goodys because ive been told by my mom that screwing with them makes them shoot ink
well if you can get it out of the store you put it in the freezer overnight then cut it off with sharp scisers
hintss abadfart5 years ago
Or wire cutters.
good idea
actully those can be opened with magnets also, they do indeed spurt ink, kindof thike the thngs that they up in money, anyway put the two strong magnets on either side of the smaller peice, keep moving the magnets until it slide out do it gently though, so you dont break the ink tubes.
tron90005 years ago
I bought a DVD in super market and went through the self service checkout. got home and found out there was one of these tags on it. If, I'd have know this is how to remove them, I would still have my DVD which is now lost amoungst all the others as it has no case now, due to me and a pair of tin snips!
mrmath8 years ago
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g0pher mrmath8 years ago
mrmath - you cant assume either that just by reading this everyone is going out to steal. chill out this instructable is plenty educational. this is one of those "i wonder how that works" inventions out there that if it weren't for this, we would never know what it was like.
mrmath g0pher8 years ago
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cdf12345 mrmath8 years ago
If you point a loaded gun at someone then pull the trigger, you can effectively end their existence. This is for informational purposes only. If someone gets shot in the next 24 hours because they read this. I've love to see them come after me. See there's a little think called freedom of speech. Protects the exchange of thoughts and ideas. Even those you dislike.
Guns don't kill people!! People with mustaches kill people!!!
No, you fool, it's postal workers - they just often happen to have 'tashes.
hey mrmath, if you think this guy is not right for posting such a thing here, your wrong. First off, he never said that we should use this to steal dvds in this post. Second, I have seen many things like this on tv, for instance, I have seen shows where they pick locks and they say that it is only for legal uses, such as opening your front door when you forgot your key. Because this guy posts this, it doesn't mean that people are going to use it for stealing purposes, but I bet someone will. I have had this situation happen to me before, and the worst part about it was it was a rental, so we had to rip apart the case and damaged it a little, which we shouldn't have done, because we had to pay extra thanks to the ****in cash register guy, but i couldn't go back to blockbuster as i didn't have another ride. so, this concludes that in these situations, it is the cash register person's fault, and that this post is 100% legal, legitimate, fair, and in no way wrong, except that in the comments section, you have posted the wrong stuff mrmath. you are the only wrong one here, along with anyone else that agrees with you.
oh yes, i also forgot to add in another important piece to this- when people like this guy expose such things like this one, then the companies that have made the securities look into it and improve there security methods, thus reducing the amount of shoplifters of dvds in the long run. So, when this thing has spread all over the internet, (which it probably already has or will be by the trime i finish typing this, i mean c'mon, the internet spreads info so fast) for now, people will most likely be stealing dvd's using this method, and then there will be nationwide reports of many stolen dvd's and then whoever it is that makes these locks will most likely change them so they can't be hacked using this method. So, this poster is actually also improving the security of dvd's in a way, which also proves you wrong AGAIN!
Your a flaming retard. The poster is NOT responsible if YOU went out and stole. Why don't we hold gun makers responsible for making the guns that morons use to kill people? Hell, let's ban pencils too and jail all pencil manufacturer's because some idiot might use a pencil to stab someone in the eye. But I guess I should be held responsible for giving the idea of stabbing someone in the eye with a pencil!
Ersatz mrmath8 years ago
mrmath... just can't do the math :(
slyfox117 (author)  g0pher8 years ago
If you read the introduction it has a VERY legitimate use: opening the cases after they leave those little things in. It has happened to me on five seperate occasions, usually involving more than one dvd. If you want to take the time to rip apart that many cases be my guest, but dont tell me the only use is theft.
They should be removed at the store, shouldn't it?
slyfox117 (author)  mrmath8 years ago
Yes, they should. But they aren't a lot of times.
After the first time, I would either stop shopping there, or make sure I double check that it is removed before I left the store.
erqua mrmath8 years ago
mrmath, you're a stuborn idiot. This instructable teaches us how this thing works. Lots of places in the world, the shops do not use these things. Perhaps somebody would read this, and think of a better design. Or apply the same principle to use on some other completely unrelated purpose.
did you even read the instructable at ALL? he specifically said that he bought the DVD's, sure, you could say he's lying, but just because something could be used to break the law doesn't mean it has "no educational value".
" to do something that has no ues except to steal..."

You are wrong. On at least two occasions I've bought DVDs and had to deal with these stupid things. I did the same thing he did, the first one was wrenched and pried, the second was removed with the aid of a magnet and a little more finesse. I just wish that I'd written an instructable to help other people who had the misfortune to be served by a hungover teen at HMV.

Criminals already know how to do all this and more! By not sharing this information, the only people you harm are non-criminals.

Now, if he were teaching people how to line a bag with aluminium foil to prevent the security induction loops at the door of "Hollywood Video" from detecting that you'd filled it with DVDs...that would be another matter!
Just in case you are still out there listening. Your position would promote what is known as "censorship." So the government thinks it is dangerous for you know about opening a DVD that you are not supposed to today. Maybe they think that you shouldn't see a particular TV program tomorrow. We have already gone through a period of censorship when all of the supposed "communists" in our country were put on trial because they were "dangerous" to our society. If information is to be censored, who censors the censors? Promoting ignorance is not a good position to take. I am sure with your passion you could find something less trivial to complain about. On a personal note, I came home from Hollywood video today with a red tag still in the box. I tried the above magnet scheme to no avail. I suppose that I will now be forced to pollute the environment and drive back to Hollywood Video to get the red tag removed. : )
As I understand it, and I've been known to be wrong on occation, censorship is when the goverment doesn't allow certain topics to be discussed. Not being allowed to talk bad about the government in Cuba would be censorship.

Even then, there are exceptions. For example, you can't talk about making bombs in an airport. The goverment will stop you. That's not censorship (IMO), because of the safty concerns.

Some might say that censorship is also anyone in power stopping talk about a topic they don't like. For example British Airways recently blurred out the logo of Virgin Atlantic in the version of a Bond movie they are showing on their flights.

Again, there are exceptions to this. Removing a post on a website that is clearly about something illegal in order to protect themselves, and their users, is not censorship.

Again, I'm not trying to reopen the debate on the legal or illegal uses of the information in this post. Let's say, for arguments sake, someone posted an instructable about how to get an ATM to give you extra money without taking it out of your account. That activity would clearly be illegal. It wouldn't be censorship for the powers that be here at instructables to remove it. It would be protecting themselves.

On the other hand, removing a post because it involves K'Nex would be censorship. I don't like the posts about K'Nex, and if I posted at the bottom of a comment on a K'Nex thread "I hate K'Nex posts. I hope this gets deleted" that would be an attempt at censorship, or at least requesting/endorsing it.

All that said, what is it with Hollywood Video that they can't remember to take these things off. I mean, they sell DVD's all day long, right? It must cost them money to replace the ones the forget to take off. Not to mention the customers they lose over it. It's not that hard, people.
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