Duh: Report Says DVD Ripping Is A Lesser 'Threat' Than File-Sharing
from the snoooore dept
A research firm has released a new report saying that people are much more likely to get pirated movies from file-sharing networks than ripping DVDs from rental services or friends. While an article about the report says this is “contrary to popular belief”, it hardly seems surprising. While the number of tools to simplify and automate the task of ripping a DVD and turning it into a manageable file have proliferated over the last few years, they still pale in ease of use to the relative point-and-click simplicity of file-sharing networks, particularly for novice users. This is fairly obvious, but it’s an important point, because it underlines the fact that it’s really impracticality, not copy protection that stops people from ripping DVDs in the same way they do CDs. Despite the contention of the reports’ authors, copy protection and DRM really don’t stop anybody from ripping a DVD — they just frustrate legitimate customers.