Last night, I ran into my first problem with my BD35: "copyright violation".
The disc was a BD rental from NetFlix (disc 2 of the recent BBC Robin Hood series). It wasn't all that dirty, but I did clean it (there were a few smudges). Also, there were some scratches, though not all that bad. There did not appear to be any cracks. Also, I uploaded firmware version 1.7 just the previous night and it played another rental BD from NetFlix (disc 1 of the same series) just fine.
I remembered having seen various posts with this problem in this thread, so I searched it and found several instances. It seems that almost all are on rental discs. Many people simply tried the disc again and the problem went away. Others cleaned the disc and the problem went away. Some could not get the problem resolved. I tried several times, both before and after cleaning, to no avail. I reported it as a problem to NetFlix and sent the disc back.
Doing some further searching on the internet, this appears to be a Panasonic BD player issue with less than pristine discs (though it occurs to me that other manufacturers might show a different error other than “copyright violation” on a dirty/damaged disc, thereby not showing up in my Google search). I have played probably 20 BDs on my player so far, about half of them NetFlix rentals. This is the first time I've had any issues.
Has anyone reported this problem to Panasonic or found out any more information on this issue? I’m thinking it might be a good idea to report it. Maybe a future firmware update could make the player more resistant to declaring this violation on discs that are not quite perfect.
Edit: I went to Panasonic's Support page and looked at the FAQs for the BD35. The second FAQ that came up was:
What should I do if my BD Player is displaying “Copyright protection” message when playing a rented movie?
You should clean the disc, because it may be dirty, has fingerprints, or smudges on the playback side of the BD disc, which normally occurs with rental videos.
So, it's obvious this is a problem with discs that aren't in really good condition. I still wonder, however, that it seems to be so prevalent on Panasonic players,