[QUOTE=athulin;2161787]I’ve been thinking a bit about this – but so far I haven’t thought of any reason as to the benefit to fake a MID. The most likely one I can think of is that it would give the genuine MID holder a lowered reputation, and so open up the market a bit when their sales go down, but I have a feeling it’s a bit contrived, and it doesn’t seem very significant.
Could you (or someone else) perhaps elaborate a bit?[/QUOTE]
The main benefit from MID faking is the better firmware support.
It is very expensive and difficult to get a firmware support - it could cost up to the 30000$ for a single MID and drive. And without proper fw support your media cannot be write at full speed and good quality (it is a quite big problem when you are trying to sell and market a 16x media and most of RW drives can write them only at 4x speed…)
Therefore most of smaller manufacturers from Asia and South America are producing media with faked MID codes (in 95% of cases with faked TY or MCC MIDs), even if they have their own MID codes. Actually, most of such manufacturers never made any (or only a very limited amount of) media with own MIDs. They needed the own MID (and some media samples with this MID code) only for the process of getting a license for DVDR manufacturing (see the attachment for the example of such certificate).
Example of companies, which do have own MIDs, but do produce media with fake MID codes:
Videolar Brasil (own MID code: VIDEOLAR 002/003, using fake TY codes)
Infosmart Hong Kong (own MID code: INFOSMART03, using fake TY & MCC codes)
Ul-Tran Technologies Taiwan (own MID code: ULTRAN 212, using fake MCC codes)
example of DVD+R license (note: Infomedia is a serious company, they have in common with MIDs faking)