Reminder: You Don't Compete With Piracy By Being Lame, The DVD Edition

from the fbi-warning dept

It's a point we've tried to make over and over again: you don't compete with "piracy" by offering a product that's a lot worse. And yet, so many people do. A bunch of you have sent over the following image that highlights this in the DVD world (tragically, no one seems to know who made this image -- but if anyone knows, please tell us in the comments and we'll add it to the post). It shows how an unauthorized downloaded copy of The Matrix lets you start watching it immediately. But if you purchase the legitimate DVD, it forces you to sit through multiple FBI warnings and multiple trailers for other movies, with no ability to skip past them. It's humorous, but the point it makes is really important. When your product is less valuable (and yes, that includes being more annoying) than the unauthorized alternatives, you're going to be hard pressed to get people to agree to pay you for your product.

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 12:25pm

    But for a few things here and there, looks pretty much like what I see when I go to a movie theater.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 12:33pm

    I thought that this came from someone on 4chan. Or from /b/.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 12:37pm

    Re:

    Dude~!!!!!
    1st two rules?

     

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    Brendan (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 12:42pm

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    That doesn't make it less true.

    I'm having this exact experience with a TV series I bought on BluRay.

    My HD downloads had all the useless warnings and crap stripped of, and were easy browsable. Now that I have teh blurays, I have to sit through warning carp before EVERY EPISODE!!! and its much harder to browse through and skip intros etc.

    It's really quite ridiculous.

     

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    kyle clements (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 12:49pm

    What the chart leaves out is that when you pirate movies, you don't even have to get up and find the DVD, then insert it into your DVD player.
    It's already on the hard drive, you can just double click the icon, and it plays. No effort at all. It's wonderful.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 12:51pm

    and here I am getting annoyed when I have to fast forward through the theme song for every episode of a tv series i'm trying to get through

    I had no idea that the other half lived with such trivial lollygagging frivolity

     

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    jy, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 12:56pm

    This is why the last two times I have watched The Matrix, instead of watching my legit version, I watched the pirated version a friend made for me that prompted me to actually buy the DVD.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:00pm

    Well, if you buy the DVD you can always rip it and remove the crap part yourself. Its for personal use, do whatever you want with it.

     

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    jakerome (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:02pm

    Flickr is a photo sharing site

    You're supposed to link back to the Flickr photo page when embedding images from the site. The Flickr sharing philosophy is long-established, and this is one of the few requirements they have. It really isn't a photo hosting site.

    I've seen accounts get deleted over issues like this, in which case all these embedded images would disappear and you'd have to edit the original blog posts to fix them. Best way to prevent that from happening is to include back to the Flickr photopage, link when embedding images from the site.

     

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    jakerome (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:03pm

    Flickr is a photo sharing site

    You're supposed to link back to the Flickr photo page when embedding images from the site. The Flickr sharing philosophy is long-established, and this is one of the few requirements they have. It really isn't a photo hosting site.

    I've seen accounts get deleted over issues like this, in which case all these embedded images would disappear and you'd have to edit the original blog posts to fix them. Best way to prevent that from happening is to include back to the Flickr photopage, link when embedding images from the site.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:04pm

    Forgot some

    The author of the piece forgot to include the series of unskippable legal disclaimers (usually in four different languages) about how the views expressed in the commentaries are not those of the studio, etc.

     

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    jakerome (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:04pm

    Re: Flickr is a photo sharing site

     

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    Colin (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:05pm

    I do so enjoy...

    the FBI warnings on DVD's that I buy up here in Canada. Does this mean that puppy the bounty hunter (or whatever his name is) might come after me should I disobey??????

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:09pm

    Now shoot your other foot.

    I have a doctor friend who can easily afford to rent or buy DVDs, no problem, and used to do so all the time. Yet, he has recently begun to buy bootleg DVDs from a patient of his instead: not to save money, but just so that he doesn't have to sit through all the crap on the studio disks. His time is just too valuable for that (and he's not the only one). Way to go, Hollywood.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:09pm

    I'm tired of being treated as both a mark and a criminal by these publishers. I am a customer, and I would like to be treated that way!

     

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    Jose Luis Campanello, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:11pm

    Highly paid executives at their finest!!!

    The reasoning behind: if you cannot skip trailers in the movie theater why would you be able to do so in your home theater, eh? See, both are theaters.

     

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    Jeffrey M, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:12pm

    One criticism

    I realize this is a critique of the experience of viewing all the slog on commercial DVDs, but this diagram leaves out the other legitimate options of PURCHASING a digital download of the movie from Amazon or iTunes movie store (minus some of the DVD extras and behind-the-scenes fluff). Another point I'd make is that many premium or special collector's editions DVDs don't have all these extraneous previews and trailers, though they come at a premium price.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:13pm

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    Rules 1 and 2...else there will be pics of you applied to rule 34. Also, The Game.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:16pm

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    No. The DMCA anti-circumvention clause sees to that.

     

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    Dan, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:17pm

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    Of course, that's considered illegal too. But I agree that DVDs without all the filler are better.

     

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    LostSailor, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:23pm

    The DVD Magically Appears

    Of course, the DVD in that example apparently just magically appears in your DVD player.

    If it were honest, it should also outline all the steps you need to go through to download it and put it on the DVD or rip it from a legit disk. Such as install a torrent client, configure it, find your movie, decide where to download it from, downloading it, make sure it's not infected with spyware or viruses, putting it on DVD and starting to watch it.

    Seem like watching a trailer or two would actually take less time.

    The graphic makes a point and does so cleverly, but it's not particularly honest about it.

     

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    Jose Luis Campanello, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:23pm

    This doesn't happen only in the US. Here in Argentina it's exactly the same: you are forced to see the trailers and notices (not from FBI, of course).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:26pm

    While I don't rent or buy DVD's, is there a way to know if a DVD has annoying trailers that one must watch before watching the program/movie that the purchaser intends to watch?

     

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    R. Miles (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:31pm

    And tihis, readers, is why I don't buy DVDs anymore!

    Oh, how the image made me laugh and laugh, and it's this very reason I stopped buying DVDs.

    So, Hollywood, want my money? Stop this asinine crap and give me back control of what *** I *** want to do, not what you want me to do, jerks.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:31pm

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    "This doesn't happen only in the US. Here in Argentina it's exactly the same: you are forced to see the trailers and notices (not from FBI, of course)."

    Given your county's history, I assume their from the SS?

     

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    Jeff S., Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:31pm

    Magic is perception...

    For many friends of mine the DVD does magically appear. It's too bad for them really, they've missed out on the fun part. :)

     

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    Greg, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:32pm

    Re: I do so enjoy...

    Yeah, I'm in love with that too. Nothing like a threat from an organization that has no jurisdiction in your country. At least for now... Every time I see it it makes me want to go pirate movies.

     

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    dorp, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:33pm

    Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    The graphic makes a point and does so cleverly, but it's not particularly honest about it.

    What you are saying, is that you are not honest about the way you are criticizing it.

    install a torrent client

    uTorrent installed in under 2 minutes, done only once.

    configure it

    Done only once in under one minute

    find your movie

    Knowing one torrent site you can find any movie in under 30 seconds. You also have to find a place to get your DVD from, so this is a moot point.

    downloading it

    Most movies take less time to download than ordering online and any blockbuster is just as fast as going to local Best Buy.

    make sure it's not infected with spyware or viruses

    You mean, that it's not from Sony and doesn't have a rootkit?

    putting it on DVD and starting to watch it

    Another person got it covered already, most people won't need to put it on DVD, just double click.

    Keep trying, pal.

     

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    jupiter (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:34pm

    put it where it belongs

    All that crap needs to go at the end of the movie, not the beginning. The FBI warning has never prevented anyone on the planet from copying a movie, and if it must be there for legal reasons (I suspect not) then stick it after the movie so you can at least say it's on the disc. It's crap crap crap.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:35pm

    They also didn't put in...walking to your car, getting in it, buckling your seat belt, driving to the store, going into the store, finding your dvd, waiting in line, getting back in your car and driving home...

    seems like a fair trade off to me.

    Or do you just sit on your couch, wave money and the dvd of your choosing magically appears in your hand?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:35pm

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    "I had no idea that the other half lived with such trivial lollygagging frivolity"

    It matters when you've paid for a DVD and the maker has decided to control and dictate how you, as the paying consumer, enjoy and use the DVD. I care more about other things, like local and state politics, but that doesn't mean I can't also get irked by these smaller things.

     

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    Pitabred, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:37pm

    Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    And what about getting in the car, going to the store, buying the movie, bringing it home, ripping off those little damn tabs, and the impossible-to-remove-without-damaging-the-package "security" tape things, then popping the disk out of the case... there's a lot ignored in the acquisition in both cases. Because this post is simply about WATCHING the movie, not getting it. Stop being stupid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:37pm

    Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    If it were honest, it should also outline all the steps you need to go through to download it and ... blah blah blah...

    Except you don't have to do all that. There's a guy who comes around to my office about once a week offering bootleg DVDs out of the trunk of his car. That's even easier and fewer steps than going to the store to buy a DVD. (last time I checked, Best Buy and Walmart didn't offer free delivery)

     

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    Mr. Oizo, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:37pm

    Re: MGM Home Television Distribution ?

    I was recently watching something from my disk and it started with 'MGM Home Television Distribution'... Hmmm... not really applicable I thought, but still they get away with the claim that they provided the distribution.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:37pm

    Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Then you'd also have to add; get in your car, start car, drive to store, turn car off, get out of car, walk into the store, find dvd area, find dvd, take dvd to checkout, pay for dvd, leave store, walk to car, get in car, start car, drive home, turn car off, go into your house, SPEND TEN FLIPPING MINUTES TRYING TO UNWRAP THE DVD!!... and then finally starting on that graphic... "insert dvd".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:39pm

    Re: Re:

    Given your county's history, I assume their from the SS?

    SS, RIAA, MPAA, what's the difference?

     

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    CommonSense (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:41pm

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    Yeah, if you got it through a completely legal channel, it's loaded with all that crap.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:41pm

    Re: Re:

    Ummm, last time I checked there are no DMCA police inside my house. What I do inside my home is my business. I did not say rip the DVD and post it to the internet. I said rip it for personal use. Unless your kid has a crazy 'school can spy on you' laptop (thankfully mine does not) then what is the issue?

    While it may be technically against the DMCA, what the DMCA does not know will not hurt it.

     

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    CommonSense (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:44pm

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    "do whatever you want with it"

    Except lose the original DVD and receipt, because then you'll have no solid proof that you actually purchased it, and your digital copy will be considered illegal.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:45pm

    Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    I don't think it's dishonest. The graphic is about the customer experience. The source of the DVD isn't discussed in either case. While there's a good chance someone torrented the dvd at some point, the source could just as easily be a friend or even some guy in a parking lot.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:45pm

    Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Yeah, it's not like the damn DVD is wrapped in plastic, has a security seal on three sides, and locking clips you have to get through before you even get at the DVD. Before that, I had to go to the store, mull over which movie to get, take it to the checkout, wait in line behind the flatulent obese couple, pay for it, wait for the manager to clear the transaction because the clerk did it wrong, and then finally take it home!

     

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    Frankenberry, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:48pm

    Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Well if i am to use your logic then, on the legit copy side we would have to add the parts:Get a job-> Checking our bank accounts for money->go to our car-> Make sure it has gas->Drive to the store->buy the movie->return home-> remove the plastic->remove all three of the stickers that hold the dvd shut->pry open the case->insert movie.....
    lol

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Re: Flickr is a photo sharing site

    see how that links to the floorsixtyfour page? and floor64 is the company, techdirt being the blog. Meaning he probably doesnt have to link back to his own flickr site, just wanted to know who created the original, not a misguided lecture on netiquette. afaik.

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:51pm

    Re: (rip it yourself)

    "Well, if you buy the DVD you can always rip it and remove the crap part yourself. Its for personal use, do whatever you want with it."

    I hope that was sarcastic. I tried doing that legitimately. I went out and bought software from a retail store that would allow me to do that. Installed it, it worked great. A few months later, had to reload Windows on my box. No problem, I still have the software. Attempted to install. Uhoh. It needs to authenticate to a license server, which no longer exists, because the MPAA sued the software maker out of existance. It was DVD X Copy and 321 Studios. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_X_Copy

    Never again. Guess I just use software from a company based outside the US, or download the pirated version. At least until the MPAA figures out that pissing off customer who want to follow the law, but still enjoy thier products in a way that works for them, is a bad idea.

    Fast forward five years. I hear RealNetworks is releasing a legitimate DVD backup utility. Guess what happened? Yep, same thing. They got sued and the software isn't available.

    If I am stuck breaking the law in order to enjoy a DVD, even when I purchased a legal version, what incentive is there to attempt to follow the law in the first place? http://xkcd.com/488/

     

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    yogi, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:54pm

    So true!

    That shit is so annoying - i still have to watch commercials from a decade ago on DVDs that I bought - how is that reasonable?

     

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    Designerfx (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:57pm

    yup

    this is why I download my tv shows.

    It's not that I'd rather watch them on hulu, it's that I don't care to make a 42 minute show into an hour because of commercials, especially on TV. Even on Hulu they are atrocious.

    Really, it's 42 minutes. Make it 60 minutes of content and then people would watch it, like me. Meanwhile, 42 minutes and 18 of commercials? pass.

     

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    Esahc (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 1:58pm

    Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    If you want to be an ass:
    DVD:
    Get in your car > drive to store > find parking > get into fight with person who stole your spot > find new parking spot > park > walk into store > skip the over priced new releases and head over to the $5.00 bin > fight the fat lady and her 3 kids for access to said $5.00 bin > find a movie worth purchasing > get in line > wait > wait > wait > pay > return to cashier who rang it up at the original price of $15.99 > get into fight with manager > finally get everything situated and go home > unwrap DVD > curse when I hurt my finger nail trying to remove the security tape > put in DVD > DVD is defective > return back to store > discover store wont take returns on opened DVDs > cries > goes home > becomes pirate

     

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    Meatball, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:00pm

    I have one DVD..

    I have one DVD in my collection that plays the movie immediately upon inserting it, and that is The Blues Brothers Special Edition.

    Someone may have mentioned it, but "Disney Fast Play" is the biggest crock there is. All it does is automatically play the movie.. AFTER it plays all of the above mentioned stuff. That means it eliminates one click on your remote. Ridiculous.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:03pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    What I do inside my home is my business.

    I'm always amazed at people who think that the law doesn't apply "insider their own home", "on private property", an so on. I suggest you go to a prison and ask the inmates there how many of them are there because of things they did in "their own homes" or "on private property". I think you'll find that the law does indeed apply to those places.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:04pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "SS, RIAA, MPAA, what's the difference?"

    Well, one of them is a horrific example of power gone horribly, horribly wrong, in which terrible crimes are committed against humanity and a total lack of tolerance is on display for all to see.

    The other was some military wing in Nazi Germany or something....

     

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    Simon, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:06pm

    Re: I have one DVD..

    ...arrrgh! You've made me angry by reminding me about that "Fast Play" crap!

    Nowadays I just rip my Blurays using makemkv and just include the main title. I put it on my NAS server and can play them back without having to search for the disc and sit through all that crap.

     

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    DazzaJ, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:08pm

    Legal copying.

    I quite often dump a ripped version of a legit DVD onto the hard drive for the very reason shown.
    I store copies of the legal movies I've bought, onto the drive and can select what I want.
    Running 2 x 1TB drives in the entertainment system lets me store a few hundred movies, music and games and other info with immediate access from any computer.
    Illegal? probably but I have the originals. (Grey area!)
    Cutting out the adverts, and extra crap means full movies take less than 4 gig a piece. (I've got approximately 40 movies at the moment and barely touched the space avaialble.)
    I can watch movies when I want, without the propoganda and adverts.! AND I can stream to any devive in the house.

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Wow. You might want to take shopping lessons. While I rarely buy DVDs and don't make a special trip, when I am already out for other things, say, at Costco, it' just goes into the cart with other things I'd be shopping for anyway. If unwrapping a DVD causes you that much trouble, it might be the least of your problems.

     

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    Cynyr (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I think the GP was meaning that unlike some things (drugs, pimping, etc) the police don't show up and inspect your computer hard drive to see if it has ripped movies on it. While still illegal it has a very very low enforcement rate. so low in fact that I'm willing to bet that if a cop came into my house and saw the matix playing he/she would not even ask if it's a legal copy. They would simply ignore it or ask for it to be turned off, or say, hey cool movie.

     

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    Yakko Warner, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:29pm

    Re: Re: (rip it yourself)

    That's what you get for trying to buy a licensed software package to do something the MPAA doesn't want you to do.

    You have to hit the internet to find a download to do it for free.

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:29pm

    Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Of course I'm honest about criticizing it. Put all those steps you outlined into the graphic, and you'll have a good comparison. Most people don't have a problem with shopping for a DVD or opening their mail box to get a Netflix mailer.

     

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    Cynyr (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:30pm

    Re: Re: (rip it yourself)

    it gets worse than that, watch a dvd that uses CSS on linux. Unless someone has started selling a dvd player for linux in the last 4+ years, you have to start by cracking the encryption (DMCA violation) to watch the shiny disk. So at that point i might as well rip it to the hard disk.

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:32pm

    Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Gee, a lot of people here seem to have significant problems with the usual aspect of living daily life. And even MORE problems unwrapping a bit of plastic film and opening a box.

    You guys don't get out much, do you?

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:35pm

    Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    So...instead of engaging in non-criminal infringement by file sharing, you choose to engage in actual criminal activity to get DVDs. Interesting.

    But it explains why you'd want to be anonymous...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Last time I checked ripping a DVD for personal use does not send you to jail. I did not say 'make crack' or 'make meth' or 'rape someone' inside your home. There is a big difference between things that send you to prison and format shifting a DVD ( DVDs ARE LEGAL AND YOU PAID FOR IT ).

     

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    Derek Bredensteiner (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:42pm

    Re:

    That is an excellent point that's rarely brought up. When speaking of pirated video games and movies specifically there's a huge advantage in being able to switch and load titles without having to leave the couch. It's the difference between a physical library and a digital one.

     

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    NAMELESS.ONE, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:45pm

    hes sees it as safer

    teh guy most likely doing it is like a dope dealer or gangster or other "solid" type that would goto prison without saying who he sold anything too.

    ALSO it costs less in time and people will pay 5$ a dvdr with just the movie on it
    funny cause they only cost 1$ each

    i have huge selection of dvdrips but do not sell but people have asked the worst ill do is have them pay for the disk or give me one
    one could argue that if you think of a job being paid 4$ for the technical know how, the cost of dling and storage and then the blank disc and the risk of getting caught is why you see 5 or so bucks.
    BRING acta in and get rid of file sharing and your going to have people like this a lot more and tell me how they gonna know everyone doing it?
    they wont
    they ant afford the coppers
    so they will target those they know of who are vocal or against there polices like abuse of power its going ot be a law of convenience

     

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    Xander C (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:46pm

    Found the Author

    Mike!

    I've found the author of this picture to be Kevin Marks, as reported on his TwitterFeed and reported by Lifehacker.

    http://twitter.com/kevinmarks/status/9346783422

    http://twitter.com/kevinmarks

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    So...instead of engaging in non-criminal infringement by file sharing, you choose to engage in actual criminal activity to get DVDs. Interesting.

    I didn't say I bought the DVDs, yet you accuse me of "actual criminal activity". Now that's *really* interesting. Just what crime are you accusing me of?

    But it explains why you'd want to be anonymous...

    Is that why *you're* anonymous and so you assume it applies to everyone?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Gee, a lot of people here seem to have significant problems with the usual aspect of living daily life. And even MORE problems unwrapping a bit of plastic film and opening a box.

    And then there are the people here who don't have much of an argument and so start up with ad hominem attacks.

     

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    Ian, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:51pm

    The graphic also misses out on region coding. For instance, if you live in North America and you want to watch the version of Revolver that doesn't completely suck (ie, the UK version), you have to go to a giant hassle to get a UK copy of the DVD (not sold in most North American stores, and if you order online they may very well do a swap and give you the North America version), and then crack the region coding to make it play. But, if you just download it, you're probably getting the UK version--pirates prefer to share the better version.

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    If you're not engaging in criminal activity, that's great! Good for you! But the clear implication is that you were (wise to be careful not to admit it in public).

    But you seem to be approving of criminal activity.

    And I'm pseudonymous, not anonymous, if you can understand the difference. I'm also registered here. Are you?

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    You really don't understand what an ad hominem is do you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 2:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Way to willfully miss the point,

    So, I'll explain it;
    The downloading of the pirated version of the movie is much more trivial in both actual time spent and actual effort expended than going to the store & getting a legit copy.
    PLUS everything that the graphic points out.

    You can deny that all you'd like but it wont make it true.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:11pm

    Re:

    sadly enough, if you rip you legally purchased DVD, you are using DeCSS which violates the anti-circumvention portion of DMCA

     

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    Rasmus, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:13pm

    Re: Re:

    Do not talk about buying DVDs.
    Do NOT talk about buying DVDs!

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    For the vast majority of people, going to a store is a normal part of life; most people aren't scared of or put out by shopping.

    You also miss the point that you could just as easily go to your mailbox to get your latest Netflix delivery. You also miss the point that you could get the same movie legitimately streamed to your computer or TV. You also miss the point that for most people, getting movies by torrents is not as easy as it is for you.

    You can argue from you one-sided perspective, but that doesn't make it true. Okay, maybe it's true you're annoyed by trailers, but not everyone is.

    I'm just looking for a little balance in this discussion; it seems in short supply.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    > 'm always amazed at people who think that the law doesn't apply
    > "insider their own home", "on private property", an so on.

    Well, since there's no such thing as "the law", that might be the source of your confusion. Some laws do apply to private property and others do not.

    For example, the civil rights laws forbid me from discriminating against people based on their race in places of public accommodation, but they do not apply to people's private homes. If I run a cafe, I can't ban all Hispanics from the premises, but I can certainly be as racist as I like in my own home and forbid any Latino from setting foot in my house. That may make me a repugnant person but "that law" does not apply to me in my home.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:29pm

    Re: Trailers

    > if you cannot skip trailers in the movie theater why would you
    > be able to do so in your home theater

    It's gotten so bad that I just put the DVD in the player, hit mute, then go into the kitchen and start preparing my snacks. By the time I'm done 10-15 minutes later, the disc has run through all its unskippable trailers and warnings and threats and disclaimers and is waiting patiently for me on the Menu screen. I press "play" and settle in.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    If you're not engaging in criminal activity, that's great! Good for you! But the clear implication is that you were (wise to be careful not to admit it in public).

    Not at all, but that doesn't keep you from making false accusations, does it?

    But you seem to be approving of criminal activity.

    Yet another false accusation. I was merely presenting an observation. You're on a roll now.

    And I'm pseudonymous, not anonymous, if you can understand the difference.

    I understand that I really, really doubt that your mama named you "LostSailor" and that's your real name. You're just as anonymous as I am.

    I'm also registered here. Are you?

    Why bother to register a false identity under a fake name? That doesn't seem very honest to me. To do so and then try to criticize others for posting anonymously takes a real hypocrite.

     

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    jakerome (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Flickr is a photo sharing site

    You do have to link back to the photopage on Flickr.com, per their rules. It's also supposed to be a place to share images that you've created, not a place to host graphics that you found elsewhere on the web.

    I don't really care. But Techdirt should, since Flickr might delete the account for:
    1) Uploading images that they didn't create;
    2) Posting images on a commercial site without linking back;
    3) The general commercial nature/ purpose of the account.

    Better that they host the graphics themselves than to use Flickr. With the amount of traffic that Techdirt gets, there's a fair chance that Flickr will notice.

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:34pm

    Re: Re: (rip it yourself)

    That's why I ALWAYS pirate my software that I use to pirate my movies.

     

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    Steven (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: (rip it yourself)

    Maybe 10 years ago. All you need is to make sure libcss is installed (usually included in a larger, single click to install, restricted extras package) and any video player will play a DVD.

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:42pm

    Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    "make sure it's not infected with spyware or viruses"

    Video files aren't executables. They don't contain spyware or viruses.

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Maybe if you got into less fights with people, your DVD buying experience wouldn't be so negative.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Bought any dvds lately? It takes me 3-5 minutes and two knives I keep just for the occasion to open modern movie and game dvd packages. Let's look at my dvd for star trek online, for example.

    - Shiny outer wrap.
    - Slipcover sealed in 4 separate places.
    - Remove slipcover.
    - DVD box sealed in 3 places.
    - Open DVD box.
    - Try to remove DVD without breaking it from one of those horribly grabby little stubs that have no depression button to release the DVD and seem designed to never let anything escape their grasp.

    Obnoxiously sealed packaging that is difficult to open has been a long-standing and high-profile complaint for years. Anyone who has had to open a dvd in the last 10 years will laughingly acknowledge how aggravating the experience was. Don't try to pretend the whole thing doesn't exist with a snotty little "well then you have bigger problems" fallacy. It just makes you look like a jerk who is incapable of rational discourse.

     

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    Steven (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Except one by one all the legal means to stream video to your TV are being shut down.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 3:54pm

    Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Video files aren't executables. They don't contain spyware or viruses.

    The infectious "executables" (root kits, etc.) are one of the little "extras" you get with store bought DVDs.

     

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    AW, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Okay so, because you are already at the store it doesn't count? Interesting, by that same argument, I am already on the internet and it takes me literally less than 15 seconds to find and set a movie to download and less than 5 minutes to download and watch. Roughly 6 minutes in total vs. days from amazon vs. roughly an hour at walmart, which doesn't have food like some SuperWallies do so I would be making a special trip all to be told you are a criminal if you chose to watch this movie in any way other that the way the creator intended, which I might add is completely against the original point of copyright. But you seem to live in a different reality than the real world SailorMoon. The only unfortunate thing is you seem to find your way here. So why don't you take your trolling thoughts to the RIAA sponsored site since they wouldn't approve of you being here and you'd like to do things like a good little toady. Also, a pseudonym is only used to remain anonymous you asshat. That's why women wrote with male names. The only times a pseudonym is when the person becomes too popular or if the original name was meant to be remembered a la Rip Torn.

     

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    Phillip Vector (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Flickr is a photo sharing site

    If Flicker notices, TechDirt is hereby allowed to link to my site where I will have a copy waiting. They just need to email me and let me know to put it up.

    There, problem solved. :)

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Yet another false accusation. I was merely presenting an observation. You're on a roll now.

    No accusation at all. Merely a speculation based on what you wrote. Unless you have a guilty conscience...

    I understand that I really, really doubt that your mama named you "LostSailor" and that's your real name. You're just as anonymous as I am.

    I don't expect anyone here to get the inside joke in that name, and as I suspected you don't understand the difference between pseudonymous and anonymous.

    Why bother to register a false identity under a fake name? That doesn't seem very honest to me. To do so and then try to criticize others for posting anonymously takes a real hypocrite.

    Now who's making accusations without foundation! Mike knows who I am.

    But nice attempt to sidestep the issues with irrelevancies. Let me ask you directly: do you buy pirated DVDs? Do you support selling pirated DVDs from the trunk of a car?

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Bought any dvds lately? It takes me 3-5 minutes and two knives I keep just for the occasion to open modern movie and game dvd packages.

    Yes, I have. I usually have 'em out of the package in under a minute. Mildly annoying, but not as difficult to open as a lot of other packaging.

    My mom would have more trouble than I would, but then, she'd have even more trouble using torrents.

    As for rational discourse, I'm all for it. Just don't see much of it in comments here.

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    So, don't go to the store, if that's not your thing. Order from Amazon, stream it from Netflix.

    all to be told you are a criminal if you chose to watch this movie in any way other that the way the creator intended, which I might add is completely against the original point of copyright.

    Actually, that's not entirely true. Part of the purpose and mechanism of copyright is intended to do just that. Whether that's good or bad is another discussion. You seem to feel you're entitled to content in any way you want to feel entitled.

    Also, a pseudonym is only used to remain anonymous you asshat./i>

    Whatever you say "AW".

    Though it always amazes me that folks in comments here are just so damn
    angry when confronted with even a hint of a differing opinion. Almost petulant.

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:29pm

    Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Sure, as long as they are genuinely the video and not something being masked as a video. Are you saying that downloading a video via torrents can never infect your computer?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Now who's making accusations without foundation!

    Not me. Why, did you think that something that I said accurately described you? If so, then it wasn't without foundation, was it?

    Mike knows who I am.

    How? I've seen the process for registering here and it certainly doesn't include identity verification. You could register as the Queen of England if you wanted to. And I certainly don't know who you are, so as far as I'm concerned, you're anonymous.

    On the other hand, Mike can see my IP address, so does that make me non-anonymous in your book? What a joke.

    Let me ask you directly: do you buy pirated DVDs? Do you support selling pirated DVDs from the trunk of a car?

    Direct answer: No, and no. Apologize now?

     

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    Paul`, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:42pm

    Re: Re:

    they're only for raids.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Part of the purpose and mechanism of copyright is intended to do just that.

    I knew that copyright law gave copyright holders certain rights concerning copying, distribution, and the creation of derivative works, but I didn't know that choosing the way someone looks at the work was one of them. Could you please quote the part of the US Constitution that says so?

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Not me. Why, did you think that something that I said accurately described you? If so, then it wasn't without foundation, was it?

    You quite perceptively observed that "LostSailor" isn't my real name, but you also accused me of registering with a false identity, without foundation. Unless you've hacked into my registration files...

    How? I've seen the process for registering here and it certainly doesn't include identity verification.

    I never said it did, but you're making assumptions. I simply said Mike knows who I am.

    Direct answer: No, and no. Apologize now?

    Well, I'm heartily glad to hear it. I'll even be charitable and believe it. And, yes, you can apologize any time you like.

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 4:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Ah, the old 'if the exact words aren't in the Constitution, the law doesn't exist' gambit.

    Copyright law isn't in the Constitution, that document merely provides the fundamental basis for copyright legislation to be enacted by Congress. And Congress has allowed copyright holders to restrict your use of copyrighted content, including, in some instances, viewing options on movies.

     

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    Burgos, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 5:03pm

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    DMCA? That only applies in the USA right? LOL.

     

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    Burgos, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 5:23pm

    Re:

    This doesn't happen only in the US. Here in Argentina it's exactly the same: you are forced to see the trailers and notices (not from FBI, of course).


    Here in the Philippines, you are forced to see FBI notices, as if the FBI had any authority here. How stupid is that?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 5:42pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Ah, the old 'if the exact words aren't in the Constitution, the law doesn't exist' gambit.

    Well, I never said that.

    Copyright law isn't in the Constitution, that document merely provides the fundamental basis for copyright legislation to be enacted by Congress.

    No, but the *purpose* of copyright is given in the Constitution. And you did say that controlling how people look at a work was part of the purpose of copyright, didn't you? Well, where is it?

    And Congress has allowed copyright holders to restrict your use of copyrighted content, including, in some instances, viewing options on movies.

    Let's see, 17 U.S.C. § 106 as passed *by Congress* gives the exclusive rights of copyright as:

    (1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords;
    (2) to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work;
    (3) to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
    (4) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, to perform the copyrighted work publicly;
    (5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly; and
    (6) in the case of sound recordings, to perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

    Now, I don't see the right to control how people look at a work anywhere in there, but perhaps I'm over looking it. Could you please point it out for us?

     

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    RD, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 5:42pm

    Yes, as a matter of fact

    "Ah, the old 'if the exact words aren't in the Constitution, the law doesn't exist' gambit. "

    You know, I'm getting pretty sick of your smug attitude and dismissal of all other dissent. YES, as a matter of GOD DAMN fact, exact fucking words DO fucking matter in fucking law. They are called "legalities" and in some cases, "technicalities" but they DO FUCKING MATTER. See also the 1st, 4th, and 5th amendments, where wording and specificity DO MATTER VERY MUCH.

    And before you dismiss YET ANOTHER VALID POINT, yes, the cursing is necessary, because sometimes you have to hit people in the FACE to get them to see a god damn point.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 5:58pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    but you also accused me of registering with a false identity, without foundation.

    No, I said that that would not be an honest thing to do in explaining why I didn't do it. I didn't actually say that you *did*, and now you've been caught lying about what I said again. I don't know what makes you think you can get away with it when anyone can look up above to see what was actually said. I sure am glad Techdirt doesn't let people to go back and edit their posts.

    Unless you've hacked into my registration files...

    I don't know what would make you think something like that. You really have a "vivid" imagination.

    I never said it did, but you're making assumptions. I simply said Mike knows who I am.

    What assumptions would that be? I'm quite aware that I don't know how Mike knows your identity, which is why I asked "how?" (which I note, you still haven't answered). Can you not read?

    And, yes, you can apologize any time you like.

    Sorry, I don't apologize to liars for calling them out.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 6:04pm

    Liberate your media and take control of it.

    > and here I am getting annoyed when I have to fast forward
    > through the theme song for every episode of a tv series
    > i'm trying to get through
    >
    > I had no idea that the other half lived with such trivial
    > lollygagging frivolity

    My HTPC video player has a set of Tivo style buttons that do instant replay and 30-second skip. These are very handy for jumping through those annoying extra opening & closing credits.

    Very handy for Danger Mouse and DrWho.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 6:15pm

    Re: Re: (rip it yourself)

    > I hope that was sarcastic. I tried doing that
    > legitimately. I went out and bought software from a
    > retail store that would allow me to do that. Installed
    > it, it worked great. A few months later, had to reload
    > Windows on my box. No problem, I still have the software.
    > Attempted to install. Uhoh. It needs to authenticate to a
    > license server, which no longer

    Or you could have just downloaded a copy of AnyDVD from the web.

    Alternatively, you could have used any number of gratis and shareware tools without this limitation including the "dump" option of mplayer.

    Sure you can intentionally make things more difficult than they really need to be. Although I find it hilarious that this "phone home" style software left you with unusuable files when the whole point of the exercise is to completely free you of that sort of nonsense.

    The fact that I can play stuff on the Archos or iPhone is very handy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 6:40pm

    Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    While exploits of this kind are very rare, it *is* possible to unleash a trojan if the application loading your innocuous data is vulnerable to certain kinds of attacks. Witness the death of the notion "You can't get a virus from a picture" after Microsoft's famous JPEG library buffer overflow exploit reached the wild.

    I don't know offhand of any such exploits in the wild for movie files though, probably because of the complexity and diversity of the available codecs, containers, and players.

     

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    Coasty (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 7:06pm

    Pain in the Ass DVD's

    The sad thing about that picture is that some DVD's over the last several years have been exactly that bad.

    Over the last several years I've built up collection of about 1,000 DVD's, mostly re-releases of old 1950's and 1960's movies (every John Wayne movie for example), but also a whole lot of new movies. After a while I got extremely pissed off at DVD's I bought that matched the profile shown by that picture.

    When I buy a DVD that's pretty much like the one described in that picture, I create/burn 10 edited copies, CD/DVD labels, and package them. Just so know, copying/editing a DVD is ridiculously simple. Then I give them away to whoever wants the movie. I've been doing that for about 3 years now.

    Does it cost the movie companies money, you bet, that's the whole purpose of the exercise even if it is penny ante. My business partner and I, before we retired, used to call this type of thing an asshole tax, applied when we had to put up with jerks.

    Is giving the copies away illegal, oh hell yes (making copies of your legally purchased DVD's is NOT illegal, the DCMA does NOT trump that right, I do carry it to an extreme though). Do I give a good damn if it's illegal, not one little bit.

    I'm sure this will seriously offend some of the apologists here but, again, I don't give a good damn if it does. It'll probably help keep their noses bent out of shape.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 7:07pm

    Remember when DVDs had simple menus and got to the point right away? Pepperidge Farm remembers

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 7:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    try the DMCA, much hated and castigated around here, but still law

     

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    Henry Emrich (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 8:03pm

    Re: Re:

    This is where the whole "mass civil disobedience" thing comes in:

    In reality, it's only a "law" to the extent that it can be enforced. The multinational corporate megaliths absolutely *love* the idiotic little drones who actually take pride in being "law abiding", irrespective of the *content* of any particular law.

    And, ultimately, that's the problem. Laws "criminalizing" homosexuality only "worked" to the extent that gay people failed to stand up, and fight back. (Look it up: The Stonewall riots.)

    So if you're stupid enough to take pride in mindlessly complying with any and all "laws", then I'll say it again: you *deserve* to have multinational corporate megaliths/government functionaries exert draconian control over any and every aspect of your existence, because you ALLOW them to do so, without protesting, fighting back, or monkeywrenching the system itself into oblivion.

     

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    Henry Emrich (profile), Feb 19th, 2010 @ 8:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    So, what you're saying is: you don't even specifically "decide" to buy DVD's, you just buy them when you're "out for other things?"

    Damn, an actual, self-identified "impulse buyer". I suppose you also buy DVD's of films you've never seen before (either at the theater, on TV, or rented from a video store)?

    Your attempt to refute the blindingly-obvious facts pointed out by the article was pretty shaky. Your understanding of how to use BitTorrent was even worse. But the fact that you seem to actually take pride in being the sort of totally thoughtless "consumer" who doesn't even *think* about what he/she buys, and just gets stuff on impulse....wow.

     

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    Ryan Diederich, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 8:12pm

    Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    This may be true, but I could easily find and download a copy of the matrix in several hours at the most.


    Example:
    searched "the matrix torrent" in google

    downloaded torrent (actually a collection of all three movies) from first two results, the seeds combined from both

    time remaining: 2 hours

    Compare to driving to store, finding the matrix trilogy (its an older movie set now), paying likely $49.95 for the box set, getting home, finding out it was a junky store that sold region 2 dvds, blah blah blah

    the list goes on. The point is, all of this crap is useless.

    If I bought a DVD (which I never would), its already known that I didnt/wouldnt pirate it. Therefore, why put 10 minutes of warnings, why make region DRM, why make ANY DRM at all.

    If I was going to pirate it, I never would have seen the warnings. Makes no sense

     

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    Rekrul, Feb 19th, 2010 @ 9:51pm

    I kow this is off-topic, but can anyone tell me what movie the pic for unskippable trailer #3 is from? The one with the girl holding a big gun...

     

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    PT (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 2:10am

    Re: Yes, as a matter of fact

    ^^^ What he said.

     

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    Modplan (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 5:11am

    Re: Re: Re: (rip it yourself)

    There is in fact a legal DVD player sold for Linux.

     

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    Modplan (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 5:30am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    DMCA has little to do with the purpose of copyright. It is a legal extension, which may or may not be in keeping with that original purpose.

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 5:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    As for rational discourse, I'm all for it. Just don't see much of it in comments here.

    Including your post which claims it's oh so difficult and time consuming ripping a DVD with An*DVD.

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 5:55am

    Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Are you saying that downloading a video via torrents can never infect your computer?

    As long as it's extension is AVI, DIVX or MKV the answer is yes.

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 5:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Same goes for IFO, BUP, VOB and ISO.

     

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    vastrightwing, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 6:10am

    Re: put it where it belongs

    Thanks to this very site, I've put some thought into why DRM is often used. Consider that DRM is there, not as a way to prevent copying, but simply a mechanism to create a law that publishers can enforce. I refuse to believe that there is a thinking person alive who thinks DRM is about copy protection. It's about being able to ENFORCE punishment. If publishers didn't include DRM, how could they justify suing customers and winning? Publishers must show that they're doing SOMETHING to prevent people from using content in the way they want by putting some sort of restrictions that if circumvented a law is being broken. Next, make global IP laws such that no matter where you live, you are breaking the law by circumventing DRM. This, my friends, is what I think DRM is all about. Expand this thought to licensing playback hardware and now publishers not only control content through consumers, but also by making manufacturers adhere to ridiculous limitations and they make money by licensing the ability to playback content.

    This is nothing short of an enormous scam. Publishers make money from enforcing draconian IP laws, creating a scarcity (where is there is none) and then limit manufacturer’s ability to create hardware consumers want to buy. It seems to me that publishers go to enormous lengths to avoid giving consumers what they want. I’ve simply stopped consuming. No HDTV for me, no Blu-ray, I’ve stopped buying DVDs because like most everyone here has already said, we’re not getting what we want. The verdict? And we won’t anytime soon.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 6:11am

    Re: One criticism

    Not really a criticism. What you're saying is that by paying more for the product that you *own* (iTunes is invariable much more expensive than a DVD), you're allowed to watch it without being lectured about not "pirating" it. At which point does this make sense for legitimate customers?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 6:17am

    British spoofs

    For anyone interested, here's a couple of images spoofing the similar F.A.C.T. "anti-piracy" ads that British viewers are forced to sit through:

    http://www.filmdetail.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/amusing-piracy-spoof1.jpg

    http:/ /www.filmdetail.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/piracys-spoof-21.jpg

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 6:53am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    "try the DMCA, much hated and castigated around here, but still law"

    You either don't know what you're talking about, are being dishonest, or both. I vote for both.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 6:56am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: (rip it yourself)

    There is in fact a legal DVD player sold for Linux.

    Which is?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 7:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    So... you're argument is that we should just sit down and follow every rule that makes it into law, no matter how unjust and immoral the actual law is? How are those slaves and segregation working out for you?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 7:16am

    Re:

    Looks like Kick-Ass, which isn't out at cinemas yet...

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 7:34am

    Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    "Are you saying that downloading a video via torrents can never infect your computer?"

    (Checks Linux box, happily running XBMC)

    Yes, even if video files were executable and contained viruses. Which they don't, unlike some legally bought media.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 7:43am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I think people forget how the US got started. Good point.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 8:24am

    Re: Re: Re:

    SS, RIAA, MPAA, what's the difference?

    The SS was up front about it's campaign to ruin people's lives.

     

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    chris (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 8:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Last time I checked ripping a DVD for personal use does not send you to jail.

    you probably won't go to jail for it, but circumventing a copy protection mechanism is still illegal. that's the point. even if you bought the DVD legally and ripped for strictly personal use, and even tough there is most likely no way you will ever get caught, you are still breaking the law.

    that's why the DMCA is such a stupid law.

     

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    chris (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 8:43am

    Re: Re: (rip it yourself)

    pay for software? are you from the past?

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 8:49am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    have you actually read the thing? I take it not.

     

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    LostSailor (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 8:53am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Then work to change the law. If you want to engage in civil disobedience, you must also be prepared to pay the consequences of breaking the law. Try reading the original Thoreau.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 9:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Check the post from Henry Emrich (its here on this page but I'll go ahead and repost it for you). Read carefully:

    This is where the whole "mass civil disobedience" thing comes in:

    In reality, it's only a "law" to the extent that it can be enforced. The multinational corporate megaliths absolutely *love* the idiotic little drones who actually take pride in being "law abiding", irrespective of the *content* of any particular law.

    And, ultimately, that's the problem. Laws "criminalizing" homosexuality only "worked" to the extent that gay people failed to stand up, and fight back. (Look it up: The Stonewall riots.)

    So if you're stupid enough to take pride in mindlessly complying with any and all "laws", then I'll say it again: you *deserve* to have multinational corporate megaliths/government functionaries exert draconian control over any and every aspect of your existence, because you ALLOW them to do so, without protesting, fighting back, or monkeywrenching the system itself into oblivion.

     

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    Modplan (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 10:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: (rip it yourself)

     

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    Modplan (profile), Feb 20th, 2010 @ 11:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Civil disobedience is sometimes needed before a law will be changed, as a way to make a point in whatever form, whether it be protest, not recognising a law or even descending into violence. Especially against Governments who seem intent on only listening to one group over another that does not represent societies best interest.

     

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    dorp, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 11:41am

    Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Of course I'm honest about criticizing it.

    It would be true if you didn't follow with...

    Most people don't have a problem with shopping for a DVD or opening their mail box to get a Netflix mailer.

    You are being dense on purpose, as you know that it takes longer than just opening the mail box to get a movie. Unless you have a magical one that you walk up to, wish for a movie and all of a sudden it's there! Every one of your "counterpoints" was countered and the best defense you've got so far is that your way of being anonymous is somehow more honest. Way to go.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 11:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: (rip it yourself)

    Only works with 1 of how many hundreds of Linux distributions? That's not a player for "Linux", that's a player for Ubuntu.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 11:56am

    Why...

    does it seem that the big copyright industry fans around here also seem to be such big liars? If those are the kind of people copyright breeds then I say the sooner we get rid of it the better and those violating it are doing the world a favor.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 2:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Have you ever crossed the street where there is no cross walk, you know jaywalked?

    Have you ever driven your car faster than the speed limit?

    Have you ever failed to use the turn signal in your car?

    You would probably agree that all of those things are easy to do, that we all do them occationally (intentionally or otherwise) and that its not a big deal. For the most part, if your act is not causing a problem for someone else, you will get away with it too. These things do not make us hard core criminals that need to go to prison.

    When I pay for a DVD and I choose not to watch the movie from the disc itself but to rip it, to my Media PC for easier access, that is ok. There is no lost sale. I can't buy the movie in the format that I want it in. I purchased the DVD and I'm only going to purchase the movie in one format. I purchased one copy and I use one copy. I did nothing wrong or out of the ordinary. Space-shifting/Format-shifting for personal use is not a crime.

    Get a clue.

     

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    Rekrul, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 2:32pm

    Re: Re:

    Looks like Kick-Ass, which isn't out at cinemas yet...

    I believe you're right. The IMDb has a different shot of a girl who looks the same, holding a big gun. Thanks! :)

     

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    StareClips.com, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 8:28pm

    But, it's wrong.

    This picture actually really annoys me and I don't know why it is being so widely circulated. If anything, I think it makes the automatic point. It makes all "pirates" sound like they are 12-year-olds who like making inaccurate pictures and spread them around to justify their shenanigans.

    The beef I have with the picture is that I have NEVER had to deal with the picture it paints for legitimate DVDs. YES, I have seen the FBI warnings on DVDs... but I have ALWAYS been able to skip past the previews. So, why does this picture claim otherwise?

    Anyone who has ever properly used a normal DVD player would see this picture and say, "well, that's not the way it really is" then would completely dismiss it as the rant from an obvious 12-year-old.

    So, again. I don't have a problem with this picture because I am against piracy... I have a problem with this picture because it only HELPS the big shots make their case AGAINST piracy, by showing that those in favor have no clue how to operate a DVD player properly, or clearly don't care to know.

     

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    Rick, Feb 20th, 2010 @ 10:12pm

    Re: Re:

    sadly enough, if you rip you legally purchased DVD, you are using DeCSS which violates the anti-circumvention portion of DMCA

    Nope, not for me. That's a US law and I'm not there.

     

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    Svante Jorgensen (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 1:45am

    FBI for the win

    I just love how they don't even bother to change the FBI warning when they sell DVD's here in Denmark. The region code, subtitles and DVD cover is made for europe (at least, if not for Denmark itself) - but they choose to threaten us with... FBI? Their closest jurisdiction is more than a quarter around the world away. FBI? Seriously?

     

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    Svante Jorgensen (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 1:53am

    Re: But, it's wrong.

    "I have a problem with this picture because it only HELPS the big shots make their case AGAINST piracy, by showing that those in favor have no clue how to operate a DVD player properly, or clearly don't care to know."

    The picture is comedy, a bit overdrawn just to make the point. Can't you see that even though you can fast forward or skip some (or all) of the warnings/trailers, it is still more annoying than the "press play - watch movie" of an illicit copy? (which also happens to be free)

    The point is that the paid version should be better, not slightly worse or even the same.

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 3:25am

    No, it's not

    but I have ALWAYS been able to skip past the previews. So, why does this picture claim otherwise?

    Because normal players can't skip P-UOPs. And/or you don't (have to) watch Disney movies. Good for you.

     

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    David, Feb 21st, 2010 @ 5:08am

    Re: Found the Author

    And this (immediately followed by this) appear to be when he first posted it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2010 @ 10:29am

    Re: Re: Trailers

    It really shouldn't have to be this way.

     

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    Richard L., Feb 21st, 2010 @ 5:38pm

    I can at least skip previews on my DVD/DVR.

    On my DVD/DVR, there is a bug/feature. When I switch from DVD to Hard Drive and back, I can usually go to the DVD menu. There is one DVD that is didn't work, the DVD/DVR got very confused.

     

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    Henry Emrich (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 5:49pm

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    It's bigger than "how the U.S. got started".

    It's a basic fact that the *worst* aspects of every political regime can only continue because the vast majority of the populace don't stand up against such things --- EVEN IF doing so involves "breaking the law".

    According to the Chinese government, the Tien-an-Men Square protesters were engaging in "illegal" activity. So was anybody involved with the abolitionist or "Underground Railroad" movements that helped runaway slaves escape. (hell, that has a lot of parallels to the copyright thing, because slave-"owners" were always bitching about how anti-slavery folks were "depriving them of their property", etc.

    Anybody who thinks being "law-abiding" is, in and of itself, a mark of virtue, is nothing but an enabler of the *worst* aspects of whatever political regime he or she happens to live under.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_TIPS

    Americans are stupid sheep.

     

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    Henry Emrich (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 5:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    1. If you "don't expect anyone here to get the little joke", then why bother using a "clever" handle? Is it some kind of weird, inside-joke between you and the voices in your head, or what?
    (Or -- and this is actually quite plausible, given recent events here on Techdirt -- are "you" merely another of "The sockpuppeting troll formerly known as TAM"'s sock-puppet ID's? There's something about the mix of inane quibbling, deliberate "misunderstanding" of the article to which you're replying, and self-congratulation about the fact that you're a "law-abiding" type of person who impulse-buys DVD's at Costco, and would *never* complain about stuff like being forced to sit through trailers and previews and crap -- EVEN AFTER HAVING "bought" the DVD itself!

    I mean seriously....is that you, TAM? Haven't seen much of you lately. Did you have an accident with that "morning cofee", or just get frustrated at your own inability to spel "Metallica", and smash your keyboard?

     

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    Henry Emrich (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 6:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Well, not to Costco, at any rate.

    I'm pretty sure this is just who/whatever was behind "TAM", folks -- nothing (new or interesting) to see here. :)

     

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    Henry Emrich (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 6:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    1. That's where the *mass* aspect of MASS civil disobedience comes in. Make it prohibitively expensive, time-consuming, intrusive, and downright onerous in general for those "in power" to actually enforce the "laws" bought by their corporate cronies.

    2. As to 'consequences", where the fuck are the "consequences" for the multinational corporate megaliths buying 11 copy"right" term extensions over the last thirty years (much less, their cronies in government?)
    I don't see *any* evidence of you "obey the law *because* it's the law" types *EVER* actually addressing the fact that the "consequences" go BOTH ways.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Ghetto_Uprising

    Should those *forced* into the Warsaw Ghetto (and the death-camps that followed) simply, placidly fallen into line and been "law-abiding" *because* it was "the law?"

    Sometimes the worst "consequences" arise, simply from OBEDIENCE TO "THE LAW" ITSELF. That's how oppressive regimes continue to function -- not merely by terrorizing the recalcitrant among their subjects, but *more* by training those subjects in the belief that uncomplaining subjugation is a virtue.

    Of course, it's not surprising that a rabid "law = virtue" type such as yourself would ALSO be an apologist for copyright "law".

     

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    Karl (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 6:14pm

    Re: DRM circumvention for personal use

    The law on this is not actually that clear-cut.

    On the one hand, the makes copying for personal use an automatic exemption from copyright law.

    On the other hand, the
    DMCA makes circumventing copy protection a criminal act. But according to section 1201(c), "Nothing in this section shall affect rights, remedies, limitations, or defenses to copyright infringement, including fair use, under this title."

    According to these laws, circumventing a DVD's encoding should be legal, as long as it's for personal use only. Too bad the courts don't seem to think so.

     

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    Henry Emrich (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 6:21pm

    Re: Re: Yes, as a matter of fact

    RD:

    It's probably just "TAMhole" fucking with us again. He's already admitted to creating numerous sock-puppet accounts for just that reason, and, if you read his drivel, it bears a strong resemblance to his idiocy.

    TAM's "responses" usually consisted of:

    1. Dismissing whatever he was replying to on the grounds that it "isn't really that bad" (whatever "it" happens to be -- from runaway copyright term extension, to re-monopolizing formerly "Public Domain" content, etc.)

    2. Dissmissing it on the grounds that "it's not really that bad".

    3. Dismissing it on the basis of his copy of "Heechee Rendezvous".

    4. Weird non-sequiturs about hamburgers, imaginary dogs, etc.

    5. "Watch your language!" --- (Last resort of a whiny little pussy, BTW!) :)

    Don't waste the time.

     

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    Henry Emrich (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 6:30pm

    Re: Why...

    The reason for the similarity is, quite simply, because it's ONE person.

    He/she has admitted to using sock-puppet accounts previously (most recently "The Anti-Mike"). Masnick is pretty sure it's the same person as "Weird Harold".
    Do a search, the results will probably interest you.

    The primary reason there's only *one* big-media apologist troll who has to create the illusion of massive support by way of sock-puppet accounts, is because nobody in their right mind could actually take the position of "bend over and take it from your corporate overlords/their cronies in government", so consistently, and retain any self-respect whatsoever.

    Really obvious tip-off: his asinine little tantrum over the purportedly *vast* difference between posting ANonymously, vs. posting PSEUDonymously. (Hint: *BOTH* are primarily motivated by a desire to obscure your "real" identity.

    Sometimes, there are very valid reasons for doing so. Other times, the motivation is cowardice, or the desire to play mind-games.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2010 @ 7:45pm

    Re: But, it's wrong.

    This picture actually really annoys me...

    Why, what's your stake in it? You sell DVDs or something?

    The beef I have with the picture is that I have NEVER had to deal with the picture it paints for legitimate DVDs.

    Well, plenty of people have. Your lack of experience isn't our problem.

    Anyone who has ever properly used a normal DVD player would see this picture and say, "well, that's not the way it really is" then would completely dismiss it as the rant from an obvious 12-year-old.

    Now you're resorting to lies. I'm really convinced you're some kind of shill now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2010 @ 7:47pm

    Re: FBI for the win

    FBI? Their closest jurisdiction is more than a quarter around the world away. FBI? Seriously?

    The FBI has offices in many countries outside of the US. Ever heard of "extradition"? No? Maybe you will someday.

     

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    LostSailor's Little Friend, Feb 21st, 2010 @ 8:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    Should those *forced* into the Warsaw Ghetto (and the death-camps that followed) simply, placidly fallen into line and been "law-abiding" *because* it was "the law?"

    Of course! Criminals are criminals.

     

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    BearGriz72 (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 8:27pm

    Re: Re:

    Crud, I Lost The Game

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Feb 21st, 2010 @ 9:29pm

    Re: But, it's wrong.

    The beef I have with the picture is that I have NEVER had to deal with the picture it paints for legitimate DVDs. YES, I have seen the FBI warnings on DVDs... but I have ALWAYS been able to skip past the previews. So, why does this picture claim otherwise?

    Hmm. There are definitely DVDs that I have where I have not been able to skip past the previews, and it is a real pain.

    I don't know if it's DVD specific, or DVD player specific, but I have come across that problem.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 4:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    well, you at least admitting it is against the law then. that was the crux of this short discussion. whether its ethically alright to break it or not is another issue.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 6:53am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    illegal and criminal are not the same thing

     

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    mobiGeek (profile), Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 6:57am

    Re:

    Or how about the precursor to the whole viewing spiel:
    1. "pirate" goes type-click-wait-watch
    2. paying customer goes drive-park-walk-search-wait-pay-walk-drive-open-unwrap-trash-insert-(warnings/ads/etc)-watch.

     

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    mobiGeek (profile), Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 7:01am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Fine, but should you have any reason for external authorities to access your premises, you face potential prosecution. Say you have a fire or the IRS audits you or a city worker knocks on your door to ask if you have any unlicensed pets (yes, happened to us). They are at your door, see "something strange" and invoke other authorities.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 8:01am

    Re: Re: But, it's wrong.

    Part of the DVD specification includes a "coding language" which includes a command to tell the DVD player to simply ignore buttons on the remote control (such as Fast Forward/Next Chapter/Menu etc.) So it is basically just arbitrary choices made by the studio.

     

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    JerryAtrick (profile), Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 8:59am

    MPAA gets its way?

    How will this episode affect piracy if the MPAA gets its way and is able to release 1st run movies directly into households on the night of release? Probably a huge one.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 11:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    A movie playing on the television is not something strange or out of the ordinary. Nothing to see here.

     

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    JerryAtrick (profile), Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 12:11pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Way to keep the conversation going chief strongbow

     

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    Canadian perspective, Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 3:39pm

    Frustrated.

    I have been downloading my entertainment for years. I rarely go to the theaters anymore. The last few times I begrugingly paid the high prices, I was infuriated to be subjected to nearly 20 minutes of advertising. Why should I pay good money to be hammered with marketing? This really pisses me off. Ill watch my movies at home thanks (with no trailers/marketing/warnings/propeganda).

    Offer me something I want, and ill pay for it. The strings attached to many media sources today make the product much less desirable. Great article.

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 8:37pm

    Re:

    Maybe true. Also bad. But most of us go to see a movie in the theatre once.

    When we buy a DVD, we are forced to go through the above gauntlet Every. F'n. Time.

    And don't forget that the DVD menu screen draws itself up slowly as part of some douchbag's high-school art project. Those menu screens have all the badness of a Flash-based website: Skip intro. Skip intro. Where's the @#$@ skip intro button?

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 8:48pm

    Re: One criticism

    Bollocks. I've bought films from Amazon, and not been able to watch them within the 30 day limitation window, and thus lost what I rented.

    I have also started them, gotten tired, and failed to complete the watching within 24 hours. I paid my money, but the artificial limitations of the product screwed me.

    No problem. I simply stopped buying that kind of content.

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 8:59pm

    Re: The DVD Magically Appears

    So because the studios make it just painful enough that other options are equally painful (according to you), then it's OK?

    It's asinine any way you cut it!

    And imagine kids DVDs that you watch 12 times. You have to sit through the same crap each time. With a pirate disk or digital copy, you'd never have to suffer ads placed before the content you bought.

     

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    Cixelsid (profile), Feb 23rd, 2010 @ 7:10am

    True dat

    Had this exact same issue with "Up" on blu-ray recently. What that picture leaves out is when your blu-ray player needs to be "updated" and you have to wait 20 minutes for it download crap from the internet.

     

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    Rick, Mar 6th, 2010 @ 10:56pm

    Menu button

    There is a button on the DVD remote control that says menu. This button can be used to bypass the trailers. So this picture makes the author look pretty foolish.

     

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