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Blu-Ray To Allow Users To Make 'Copies' -- With Lots Of Strings Attached

from the asterisk dept

"Beginning next year, studios and other content holders will be required to give consumers the ability to make one copy of any Blu-ray Disc they buy," says the article (via Engadget). Sounds great -- movie studios and others finally realizing that people should be able to freely back up DVDs they legitimately purchase. The devil, of course, is in the details. While discs will have to support this "managed copy" feature, it will require new hardware, and there's no mandate that DVD player manufacturers include support for it at all. The copy, as you'd expect, is all DRM'ed up, and in order to make the copy, the Blu-ray player will have to connect to an "authorization server". This is the sort of model that's caused lots of problems in the past, when companies decide to pull the plug on the servers, rendering the feature useless. But the biggest potential problem with the feature is that movie studios and others will be free to charge whatever they wish for it. That means this really isn't a backup or a copy at all, it's simply the distribution means for the latest incarnation of the entertainment industry's favorite business model: getting people to pay for the same content over and over. That's why the studios want to block things like Real DVD -- not because they'll increase piracy, but because they cut off the only business model the studios can see for digital content.

Filed Under: blu-ray, copies, drm, dvds


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    brent, 16 Jun 2009 @ 7:05am

    why don't the movie companies just start releasing their movies onto SD cards, sell players that play the SD cards and charge one or two bucks a movie. that way people won't really have a problem paying for stuff over and over. imagine the scenario, im at the airport, i got my portable player with me but i really got a desire to watch gladiator. well i left the one that i bought at home. i pop into the gift shop, two bucks and i can buy gladiator again and i won't feel like i'm doing more than buying a coffee. hell i might end up with lots of copies of the same movie but at least i paid for it and i'm not angry about it.

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