Sony DRM Making DVDs Not Work In Many DVD Players?

from the lessons-not-learned dept

Over the weekend, Slashdot pointed to various reports suggesting that the new DRM used on certain Sony DVDs means those DVDs no longer play on certain DVD players. If true (and there appears to be many people who have experienced the problem) it would suggest that Sony still hasn't quite figured out from previous experience that DRM is a huge market killer for them. It is taking away value from their products while doing absolutely nothing to add value to their product. This should be obvious to just about anyone -- but it appears that it still hasn't permeated the brains of entertainment industry execs. It would be nice if a Sony exec (from any branch of the company) could explain how DRM benefits customers, rather than pisses them off. Update: It appears that Sony has now said it's fixing the problem with the DRM it's using.

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2007 @ 7:38am

    How to Copy on Windows PCs...

    I had a copy of Casino Royale I wanted to back up, and it was impossible to back it up with the standard tools.

    Basically, here's the recipe:

    * Download the latest copy of RPC1 firmware from for your drive if you're not utterly paranoid about your warranty and want a faster rip with region locking disabled on your drive
    * One copy of DVD Decrypter, v3.5.4.0, installed; then
    * One copy of DVD Shrink, v3.2.0.15, installed; then
    * One copy of RipIt4Me, v1.7.1.0, installed

    (for all the above programs, you may have to search on Google for their locations)


    * Run RipIt4Me
    * Configure RipIt4Me to find both DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink in your local install directories
    * Click on "1-Click Mode"
    * Select whether you want whole DVD, Movie + title, Movie only, etc.
    * Leave all other settings alone and click "Next >>"
    * Wait for the dialog to get to DVD Shrink to come up, then use DVD Shrink as usual

    Now you can copy all of this DRM-laden crap. Be warned - these DRM-laden POSes take a lot longer than standard DVDs.

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