MPAA: Ripping DVDs Shouldn't Be Allowed Because It Takes Away Our Ability To Charge You Multiple Times For The Same Content

from the um,-wow dept

It's that time again when the Librarian of Congress is considering special exemptions to the DMCA's anti-cicrumvention provisions. One of the key proposals, which we discussed earlier, was Public Knowledge's request to allow people to rip DVDs for personal use -- just as we are all currently able to rip CDs for personal use (such as for moving music to a portable device). The MPAA (along with the RIAA and others) have responded to the exemption requests (pdf) with all sorts of crazy claims, but let's focus in on the DVD ripping question, because it's there that the insanity of Hollywood logic becomes clear.

Effectively, the MPAA is arguing that there is no evidence that ripping a DVD itself is legal, and since anti-circumvention exemptions are only supposed to be for legal purposes, this exemption should not apply. Leaving aside the sheer ridiculousness of the fact that we need to apply for exemptions to make legal acts legal (I know, I know...), this is quite a statement by the MPAA. While it's true that there hasn't been an official ruling on the legality of ripping a DVD, the fact that CD ripping is considered legal seems to suggest that movie ripping is comparable.

But the bigger point is that the MPAA is arguing that because they offer limited, expensive and annoying ways for you to watch movies elsewhere, you shouldn't have the right to place shift on your own:
Copyright owners include with many DVD and Blu- Ray disc purchases digital copies of motion pictures that may be reproduced to mobile devices and computers pursuant to licenses. Blu-Ray disc purchasers can also take advantage of "Managed Copy" services that are scheduled to launch in the U.S. later this year. Movie distributors and technology companies are also making available services such as UltraViolet, which enables consumers to access motion pictures on a variety of devices through streaming and downloading. Many movies and television shows are also available online through services such as Comcast Xfinity, Hulu and Netflix, or websites operated by broadcasters or cable channels, which consumers can enjoy from any U.S. location with internet access. With all of these marketplace solutions to the alleged problem PK points to, it is unlikely that the presence of CSS on DVDs is going to have a substantial adverse impact on the ability of consumers to space shift in the coming three years.
Notice that almost all of these "market solutions" mean you have to pay multiple times for the same content -- and they ignore the fact that these offerings are all very limited and may not have the content on the DVDs people have. Public Knowledge has a quick summary of how these "solutions" are not solutions at all:
The MPAA had two specific suggestions. First, consumers could re-purchase access to a subscription service such as Netflix of Hulu. They did not dwell on the fact that 1) this would require you to pay again to access a movie you already own; 2) these services require a high speed internet connection in order to work; 3) There is a reasonable chance that the movie you own is not available on any of those services at any given time; and 4) MPAA member studios regularly pull videos that were once available on those services off of those same services.

The MPAA’s second suggestion was even less helpful. In their comments, they pointed to Warner Brothers’ DVD2Blu program. This program allows people to use their existing DVDs as a coupon towards the purchase of a handful of Warner Blu-Ray disks. They did not dwell on the fact that 1) this program is limited to Warner Brothers films; 2) the program is limited to 25 exchanges per household; 3) while some Blu-Ray disks include digital copies that can be moved to other devices, it is unclear how many of the disks in the DVD2Blu program include that option; 4) only 100 movies are included in the entire program; and 5) each exchange costs at least $4.95 plus shipping (which, for the record, is about as much as it would cost to buy the digital file from Amazon.).
When you think about it, this is really quite crazy. They're saying because they offer you an option to pay for a way too expensive, very limited option that might not really exist, you shouldn't have the right to rip your DVDs. This would be like the recording industry claiming you can no longer rip CDs because they offer a limited locked down selection of music in an online store. People would revolt at such a claim, and they should find the MPAA's ridiculous claims here equally as revolting.

If the MPAA stopped there, it would be crazy enough... but no, in the mind of Hollywood, they have to take it even further. They claim that because the ability to rip your DVD might take away their ability to keep charging you for the same content over and over again, that it goes against the purpose of copyright law. Seriously. They're actually claiming that their ridiculous "windows" are "new business models" that copyright law is designed to encourage:
In fact, granting PK’s proposed exemption would be directly counter to the purpose of this rulemaking. It would undermine emerging business models that increase access to creative works in precisely the manner Congress intended the DMCA to promote.
But that's pure bullcrap. The business models in question do not "increase access." They increase the ways in which you can pay. If they want to increase access, they would let you rip your damn movie.
It is clear that access controls have increased consumers’ options with respect to motion pictures in digital formats. The Register should not interfere with that progress. Instead, she should endorse it.
Up is down, black is white, day is night. Controls have increased consumer options? No freaking way. Controls have limited options... but have allowed the MPAA studios to set up tollbooths and charge people multiple times for content they legally had purchased the rights to.


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    Jeff (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:02pm

    I'm curious - how will the trolls spin this one??

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:15pm

    If you don't pay $20 a year for the movies you own (and $54646463578565000000000 for those you don't) annually, you might be a terrorist.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:18pm

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    Simple, they'll just claim that you only paid for the privileged license to watch that movie using that specific disc in that specific format on specific (licensed) players or playback devices.

    That's all they're licensed to respond with - they aren't allowed to think for themselves.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:26pm

    so when i see commercials on tv telling me to "own it on dvd" this tuesday..

    i don't really get to "own" it?


    is it illegal to host a web site instructing people how to rip DVDs? i'm not talking about hosting the programs to do it- just the steps and names of programs required to make it happen..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:27pm

    What I am seeing is that the content companies are coming out with a system (content management) that should allow you to do pretty much everything you want, moving from device to device, etc.

    The concern isn't "selling you the same thing multiple times", rather, it is selling it to all the people who want it, rather than using your single copy as source material for however many pirated copies you see fit.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:27pm

    Considering I've been ripping DVDs for years, this whole thing seems like one big stupid joke.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:31pm

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    what does ripping a file for personal use have to do with file sharing?

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:31pm

    Legality

    Shouldn't it be illegal to advertise that you can "own" it when in fact you allegedly do not have the right to resell it, modify it, show it to friends... essentially none of the rights which are generally regarded to make up "ownership".

    Can't we sue these jerks for fraud or misleading advertising, perhaps both?

     

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    Smon, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:31pm

    "Digital Copy"

    When I purchase a DVD or BluRay I already have a digital copy - the copy on the disc is digital. Zeros and Ones. So thanks, but I don't need to download your alternative digital copy, I'll just do what I want with the one I already have thank you.

     

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    MadCow (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:32pm

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    rather than using your single copy as source material for however many pirated copies you see fit

    Please cite your sources proving WE do this.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:33pm

    Re: Legality

    i'd consider it false advertising at the very least

    it would be funny as hell if they lost the copyright to the first person sold to though

     

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    The eejit (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:34pm

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    Please remember that, until the past few years, there were no digital copies legally purchased. All you get is ONE DRM'd digital copy, with which you have to not only register your device, but you aren't allowed to back it up.

     

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    Violated (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:34pm

    Copies

    Say what now?

    Content shifting is a modern past time now we have many more devices than just the TV to watch media on.

    It may have been nice to stick a DVD in my MP4 player but the massive flaws here is that my MP4 has no DVD slot and the actually DVD is bigger than the MP4 player.

    This is not to forget that all my DVDs have every trace of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) scrubbed clean including their ghastly anti-piracy video which meant burning a nice copy with their video removed. Although these days I will add the Copying is not Stealing video instead.

    I tend to more buy imports to save the hassle.

    As to FACT's "You wouldn't steal a car" then yes FACT I have now download an actual car from the Internet. Stolen no, but copied yes. Kind of like their member's movies.

    Anyway they will only get one sale unless a second sale offers much improved features. It is a good policy to force improvement.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:36pm

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    Mostly because people generally don't just rip it for their own use. They might happen to burn a copy for their friend at the office, or their parents, or their siblings, example.

    Think of ripping a DVD as the first step towards piracy. You may not intend it, but it happens often enough.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:38pm

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    Quite likely. They'd call it contributory infringement or something.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:40pm

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    just because you do it, doesn't mean everyone does

    and i'd like to not be restricted just because you're a thieving pirate

    see how that works?

    in other news: dvd ripping is the new gateway drug; hide your children!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:40pm

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    i'll let you know how it goes ;)

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:41pm

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    So, by giving a copy of my DVD to my friends or parents or siblings, I'm a pirate, huh?

    So what? Who cares?

    I bought the DVD, I can do WHATEVER I want with it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:44pm

    Hard to quote a prior post, but this even made into the best of the week column, a whole week before it became truth apparently:

    "See, by only providing content through locked down, time limited, location restricted methods, the studios are actually giving us a lot more choices in how we consume our content. Dirty pirates can only consume their content in one way: no encryption, HD, and worldwide. But the studios give us an unending stream of different choices that provide real value to their content. Maybe you want DRM that requires a constant connection to the internet. They have that. Maybe you DRM that limits you to only certain devices. They have that. Maybe you want content that's purposefully degraded. They have that. Maybe you want to be able to watch content only in the US. They have that. Canada? They have that too. Content that expires after 48 hours? No problem. Maybe you want to have to watch it in the theater? They got you covered. The depth and breadth of choices that the studios provide is something that the evil pirates just cannot cover. The other day I asked someone at the pirate bay for an encrypted copy of The Grey that would only play on my computer for a week and they couldn't do it!"

    Back then it was funny, now that they actually come out and state this for the truth is just sad.

     

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    Spaceboy (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:46pm

    Hey Anonymous Coward Shills -

    Why should I pay multiple times for the same content? By the time the movie makes it to DVD, the actor and everyone associated with it has been paid for their part, even the caterer and the guy sweeping the floors. At this point the actors get a cut of every sale, rental or license. That being the case, if I have a DVD of Mystery Men and want to watch it on my iPod, I have no problem ripping it because everyone has already been paid...right?

    When was the last time anyone was prosecuted or even arrested for ripping a DVD for personal use?

    I'm pretty sure the answer to that last question is never.

     

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    RD, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:49pm

    Re: Re:

    "what does ripping a file for personal use have to do with file sharing?"

    According to the movie and music industries, ANY copying for ANY purpose is illegal, and theft.

     

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    Charles (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:49pm

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    I once had a k9 copy a handbrake.

     

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    Howard the Duck, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:49pm

    I am bald

    From pulling my hair out after reading this article. I will now start pirating my movies. This is akin to asking someone to pay for a car every time they drive it down a new road.

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:49pm

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    What I am seeing is that the content companies are coming out with a system (content management) that should allow you to do pretty much everything you want, moving from device to device, etc.

    Heh. What I see is having to pay for something I can already do myself.

    Next you will try to convince me that such things as giving Hollywood the ability to remove movies from my account or having my viewing habits tracked or deleting all of my movies if I miss a monthly payment are adding some kind value to me.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:50pm

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    Not might be a terrorist...you must be!

    And then they'll spin it out till they have another script for a Vin Diesel or Chuck Norris action flick. PIRATES OF THE INTERNET!

     

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    drew (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:53pm

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    Surely you must be paid to post on here? Surely only someone who was paid to write this would even try and defend this?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:53pm

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    Unite

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:55pm

    Re: I am bald

    Hmm... this is akin to making cheese graters & shredders illegal, selling shredded/grated cheese at an unconscionable mark-up and then suing people who DARE to shred their own blocks of cheese.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:56pm

    Re: I am bald

    Wait till 3D printers come along and actually become afforable and then you can print out a copy of your car for whatever. Then you'll have to pay for it again every time you drive down a new road or park it in a new parking stall.

    Just wait!!!

    /s

     

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    drew (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "in other news: dvd ripping is the new gateway drug; hide your children!"
    Doubtless the next step is trafficking in counterfeit medicines then child pornography and then, next thing you know, it's international terrorism.
    Won't somebody please think of the profits?
    Er, children, think of the children, forget the bit about the profits.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:58pm

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    a scary thought is them using their weasel words in court to set a precedent that a person is able to share with their self

     

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    crade (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:58pm

    "In fact, granting PKs proposed exemption would be directly counter to the purpose of this rulemaking"

    I must admit I agree completely.. Now if only they were honest about that purpose when they made the rules..
    I wonder how many of the parts of sopa and acta that people are up in arms about and they claim are bogus concerns will they eventually admit that was the intended purpose all along.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:59pm

    Re: Re:

     

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    drew (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:59pm

    Re: Re: I am bald / 3D printers

    Actually this is going to be whole new world in terms of legal clusterfucks. We appear to have structured our entire society so that lawyers are the only people who always win.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:00pm

    The problem is that when you purchase a DVD, you are licensing a copy of the movie. That's how it works. Sure you're buying the DVD, but on that DVD is a licensed copy of the movie. If your DVD is damaged you should still own a license to that movie. Therefor, for archival purposes copying a DVD strickly for personal use should be allowed. Public Knowledge went about this the wrong way, they should have never cited space shifting as a primary reason for copying DVDs. However, having said that space shifting should also be allowed and "big media" shouldn't be allowed to excuse the lack of an archival exemption in the DMCA by citing examples of portable digital media. That would have been like arguing that you shouldn't be allowed to copy CD because songs are available on the radio or in elevators.

    The Copyright office must grant this exemption, it is a very real concern for many who have invested thousands of dollars in a video library.

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:01pm

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    That is a legal grey area. As long as the site does not advocate piracy, they can usually skate by. I know Lifehacker has had a number of posts giving step by step instructions for ripping DVDs, Blurays and jailbreaking electronics.

     

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    ken (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:01pm

    MPAA Stealing Fair Use.

    Since courts have ruled that you may make a personal copy for your own use then all these things the MPAA suggest are rights we already have and for then to interfere in any way with fair use is an infringement on our rights and therefore THEFT as they would define infringement.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:02pm

    I'd enjoy seeing more information from this article being discussed here.

    http://www.cracked.com/article_19683_6-terrifying-user-agreements-youve-probably-accepted.html

     

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    Unwackable Mole, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:03pm

    I'm so glad that it has been ten years ripping every single movie, music and book that falls into my hands.

    This is what an out of control monopoly looks like.

     

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    PlagueSD (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:05pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Umm, what about those of us that travel a lot. Burn a few movies to our laptop computer to watch while we're traveling. (read: stuck in an airplane for hours.) No dvd's to lose or leave somewhere. Oh wait...That's what Hollywood WANTS us to do. Lose the disks so we have to buy them AGAIN!!!

    For those saying we're not "buying" it we're "licensing" it...If we're licensing them, they should replace any "lost" media at no cost.


    Nevermind...Noting to see here...Move along...

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:06pm

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    No, Public Knowledge did it right. If they only used back up copies as justification, that would be all that the Copyright Office would grant. You would still not be legally able to format shift the movie.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:07pm

    So I might be able to legally watch DVDs I bought soon? Awesome! ~ US Linux user, 2012

     

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    Another AC, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:08pm

    Re:

    I was thinking the same thing... it is quibbling over things that people are already doing everyday, as if it will somehow make any difference in the world.

    It's like fighting over who gets to look at a painting, when the painting is in plain view of everyone who wants to see it, all of the time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:11pm

    Why aren't members of the MPAA charged with collusion?

     

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    gorehound (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:12pm

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    How about us Anti-Trolls !!!
    The solution to this issue is to Boycott all Big Content and go out and find a used copy somewhere that was either purchased by a troll or by a mass consumer type.
    The MPAA & RIAA should just die already.Simply put I Hate Your Frakkin Guts !!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:13pm

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    The concern isn't 'building things using a hammer and selling them', rather, it is using your hammer as a blunt object to beat however many people to death that you see fit. Hammers should be illegal because someone could use them that way.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: I am bald / 3D printers

    We appear to have structured our entire society so that lawyers are the only people who always win.

    I know a way to fix that: Only the winning lawyers get paid. Losers don't. That would do two things. First, it would make going to court both more of a gamble, and less of a financial burden. And two, it would weed out bad lawyers in a very Darwinian fashion.

     

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    crade (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:20pm

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    We are talking about people who proclaim openly that they bribe politicians here...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:23pm

    I have a condition that affects my hands, and basically can't insert a disc into the player without scratching it. Before I discovered how to rip DVDs, I already damaged a couple of them to the point they refused to work.

    So they mean that I should spend insane amounts of money buying movies that were on my (regularly) damaged DVDs again just because I have poor health (which isn't even my fault)?

    (And yes, I actually prefer buying movies instead of pirating them. But I don't claim to be particularly sane...)

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:24pm

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    Hollywood wants it both ways...

    "You're not BUYING our stuff, we're LICENSING it to you."
    "So, if I lose my disk, you'll replace it."
    "Hell no! You need to purchase another one."
    "But, if I have a license to own the DVD, then you'll have to replace it."
    "Fine, you bought it."
    "Oh, so it's mine then? I can do whatever I want with it?"
    "No! Because it's a license!"
    "You're not making any sense."
    "Screw the rules! We have money!"

     

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    PopeHilarius (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:24pm

    Doesn't affect consumers

    The sad thing about this is that it only really affects researchers, archivists, and other niche uses of ripping DVDs. Every consumer who wants to backup a DVD just will- I know people who rip every movie they get from Netflix, and have built up huge libraries of films and shows. I'm not even sure if they know it's illegal. There's nothing stopping anyone from backing up their DVDs, because the means to do so are ubiquitous. The only time the law would matter at all is if you were backing up DVDs as part of some institutional objective, and then couldn't for liability reasons.

    As with most of these legal discussions, the maximalists seem to argue as if everything that is illegal is also impossible, and that legalizing it will somehow open the floodgates- floodgates that in reality have been wide open for like fifteen years.

     

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    TN, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:31pm

    I had no idea it was illegal to rip a dvd. I've been reading Techdirt for a while and I guess this has been mentioned before but um... missed it! I live in Australia, maybe the rules are different here.

    Anyway, what a crazy rule. Ripping DVDs is pretty normal. I don't know anyone who doesn't and that includes my grandparents who are hitting their 70s.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:33pm

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    Which is why DVDs were meant to be gawked at, and not played.

    If you actually *view* the content on a DVD, you might accidentally make a copy of some of it in your head, and thus you've violated the copyright.

    Please visit your local brainwashing department for immediate removal of the copy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:37pm

    Yes, I've noticed.

    Notice that almost all of these "market solutions" mean you have to pay multiple times for the same content [...]

    Yes, I have noticed that. And I don't. If I've purchased a book, a record, or a movie once then as far as I'm concerned, they've made their money off me...and I am NOT going to pay them for the same content again. (Given that my music, book, and video collection exceeds 10,000 items, they've made a LOT of money off me.)

    So anything in another format -- like, say, a digital version of a movie that I bought in 1995 -- is fair game. I won't pay for it: why should I? Doubly so when they'll take the money, stiff the content creators, and use it to try to censor the Internet?

    Don't like it, industry trolls? You'll like this even less: new developments in torrents mean that we can fit the entire Pirate Bay on a USB stick. And we're not done: we'll never be done until we've destroyed you. And we're just getting started.

     

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    David, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:42pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    So... driving a car is the first step toward robbing a bank? People shouldn't drive cars because some people use them for illegal activities. Is that right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:43pm

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    They could just as easily let their friend at the office, or their parents, or their siblings borrow the original DVD they purchased on gasp have them over to watch it. So would you support bio-metrics that only allow the person who purchased it to watch it?

    Here is the real problem though, same as any DRM. THIS DOES NOT EFFECT PIRATES. No protection scheme they come up with will ever be truly effective at stopping someone who knows what they are doing from getting around it. It only inconveniences people who legally purchased the product. It gives device manufactures a monopoly on selling content on their device and forces people who don't know how to get around and don't want to pirate to purchase things over and over again.

    People who download the pirate version can use it on any device. And people will always be able to crack a DVD. Its another but but but PIRACY incidence. When they full well know that pirates are unaffected and the true goal is making all the value that used to come free on a DVD be something they can charge for.

     

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    DogBreath, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:43pm

    Re: Re: I am bald

    Wait till 3D printers come along and actually become afforable and then you can print out a copy of your car for whatever.

    That's fine, but you probably won't be able to charge your unauthorized "pirate car" due to DRM.

    Sony shows power outlets that can control electricity by user, device, or source

    Thanks SONY...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    if value then right.

     

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    lolzzzz, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:47pm

    HEY lets apply this to everything

    LIVING in homes is BAD cause then we cant resell the house to you over and over...ROFL
    HEY why sell people cars when you can sell them to them over and over again.
    MAN this is gonna make everyone loads a cash
    LETS all push for it in every job sector and area
    OH and we need ot make a one billion dollar bill and some millions cause i think we're all gonna be carrying around wheel barrels a cash paying each off...

    WOOT

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:52pm

    Re: HEY lets apply this to everything

    Isn't that what caused the Housing Market to collapse?

     

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    wes, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 2:55pm

    this is garbage... I haven't put a DVD in a disc drive for years, when I buy a movie on DVD I go straight home, make an .iso on my hard drive and then put the hard copy in a box in the closet. If they are gonna do us like this they should at least offer free replacements for customers who have an old disc that won't read anymore.

     

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    Tom The Toe, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:01pm

    Re: If you don't pay $20 a year for the movies you own (and $54646463578565000000000 for those you don't) annually, you might be a terrorist.

    But only if you pay cash

     

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    Rapnel (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:03pm

    Chya

    Bullshit. I don't need any fucking permission from any anybody anything for pulling my dvd data onto another device. Right here at home. They're fucking stupid. Fuck you if you can't seem to get it right, I know I can so thanks for the dvd with my data, cunts.

    yes, sometimes I shock even myself.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:06pm

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    Here's the part you don't (or more likely, don't want to) understand. We can already do "pretty much everything we want." No one needs "content management" to be able to do these things; the only reason it exists is to re-sell the same content over and over and over.

     

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    Jamison, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:07pm

    Re: Re: I am bald

    It's more like selling a pointed shovel that licenses you to dig a hole, and making it illegal to use that shovel to load your wheelbarrow full of gravel...because they sell a flat shovel specifically for that purpose.

     

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    KelvinZevallos (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:09pm

    Ok, they must think that providing different formats of the same content make the content different, so it's a different product.
    It's a way of selling convenience out of "artificially created" inconvenience.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:39pm

    This is just one big joke, why not take care of the real issues of piracy around the world.
    They have guns, they are on boats, they are taking whatever they want = Pirates, Real Problem.
    They have computers, they are in houses, they are downloading whatever they want = Pirates, Average (complacent) Citizen.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:43pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    You do realize that people do that to share a digital copy so that their friends/relatives don't have to go through the same grueling process.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:51pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Think of ripping a DVD as the first step towards piracy. You may not intend it, but it happens often enough.

    Think long and hard about this: is that really the sort of justification you think is appropriate for a law? Let's break that down, because it holds true regardless of context:

    Think of (a) as the first step towards (b). You may not intend (b), but it happens often enough.

    Now, picture a society that creates laws based on that kind of logic...

     

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    Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:51pm

    Re:

    What I am seeing is that the content companies are coming out with a system (content management) that should allow you to do pretty much everything you want, moving from device to device, etc.

    Ah ha ha hahaha hahahahahahahaha hAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!

    That's about the funniest thing I think I've ever seen in print.... possibly ever.

    I've bought rather a lot of content thank you very much and I've yet to see one piece offered in ANY format that I can use on my windows computer (with Bluray drive), laptop (DVD only but HD screen), Linux machine (no drive at all), media box connected to High-def television, tablet, smartphone, iPod and any other device I might fancy at the time and see in the best possible format on whatever device I like without having to jump through hoops to get it there or prove every 15 seconds I paid for it.
    The fact that you happen to think I'm a nasty, evil piraty pirate is not my problem. I paid for the content, I want to be able to watch it whenever and wherever I want. When you have a product that can do that, I might even be willing to pay a few more sheckles for it instead of fishing the trash out of the bargain bin when it's cheap enough for me to bother.
    Doesn't exist... so stop pretending it does and since I can only assume with lines like that that you work for such an organisation, try giving me what I ask for - I will lay you a large bet you'll make more money than you do now that way no matter how may people copy it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:55pm

    Funny, I dont rip DVD's...ever, yet i got a whole bunch of movies on my hard drive; i wonder how they got there.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:57pm

    !MIKE FAILED!

    Dude, where is the link so we can contact who we need to make our voice heard? What is the point of these articles if you don't include a way for us to contact people to make our voices heard?

    You talk about the momentum from SOPA/PIPA protests, but fail to make easy for people to speak up.
    I called the library of congress but the person I talked to had no idea who you call for getting your voice heard.

    Note, this is NOT a Troll post.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 4:00pm

    Re: !MIKE FAILED!

    Ooooh. Nice try.

    If you didn't say the part about calling the library of Congress, I *MIGHT* have thought it was a serious post.

    Go outside and get away from the computer for awhile.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 4:08pm

    Re: Re:

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 4:26pm

    Re: Re: !MIKE FAILED!

    Dude, i really did. I wanted to call the person i need to talk to but the person answering the phone didn't know. They said i should call my Congress person, but that won't get me to the actual committee in charge

     

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    danfinger, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 4:38pm

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    false. I (allegedly) rip DVDs from netflix to play on my myth box all the time.

    I tried it once- downstairs neighbor gave me a thumb drive, I copied the ISO to it.

    "I tried to play it but it didn't work"

    Did you mount it?

    "That's gross"

    um ...

     

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    Ursus, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 5:40pm

    "Blu-Ray disc purchasers can also take advantage of "Managed Copy" services that are scheduled to launch in the U.S. later this year."

    No they can't. They will be able to later this year, unless something happens to the schedule. They can't even help contradicting themselves in a single sentence.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 5:45pm

    Re:

    the content companies are coming out with a system (content management) that should allow you to do pretty much everything you want, moving from device to device, etc.


    That's funny - I've had something for years that lets me do exactly those things. It's called a computer. Perhaps you have heard of them?

     

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    Simon, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 5:56pm

    Re: Doesn't affect consumers

    The sad thing is, politicians even acknowledge this. Here in Canada where we are battling our very own draconian copyright legislation, an MP responded to a constituent who was complaining about digital locks by saying that it's OK because you won't get caught : http://boingboing.net/2011/10/27/canadian-tory-mp-dont-worry-about-violating-our-stupid-new-copyrigh t-law-because-we-probably-wont-catch-you-if-you-do.html .

    So now I have to teach my kids that some laws are OK to ignore?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 5:58pm

    [..]in the U.S. later this year[..]
    [..]can enjoy from any U.S. location[..]


    Newsflash!
    Not everybody lives in U.S. And we all know that IF this stupidly bogus whatever gets sanctioned there, it will get pushed in Europe, Australia and probably some other places in a heartbeat.
    So I guess it is ok to make people need to obey the laws that doesn't give them ANY value whatsoever.

    Waiting for "it will be available in other countries soon(tm)". Probably... around the second Mars colony opening ceremony.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 6:20pm

    Re:

    >When was the last time anyone was prosecuted or even arrested for ripping a DVD for personal use?
    I'm pretty sure the answer to that last question is never.

    I think the more appropriate answer from the shills would be "We're working on it."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 6:22pm

    Re:

    I don't know but they're all over the net.

     

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    Cynyr (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 6:58pm

    Re:

    does it work on all OSs at the same quality, at the same time? how about anything currently hooked up to my (dumb) LCD TV? PS3, cable box, Linux X86_64 server, wii(if i want SD content on my HD TV)?

    Why should I let the fragile plastic disks get used daily by my small children (both boys, 5.5 and 4) when I can simply rip them and send them over the network to the PS3, or play them though XBMC on the "server" hooked up to the TV.

    Anyways, I've got a few of the blu-ray + dvd + download thing, they only work on windows usually, and sometimes OSX.

    I refuse to buy new hardware at this point, just about everything is less than 2-3 years old. If the new system(content management) doesn't work on that equipment, it might as well not exist for at least 5 more years. It had also better work on linux, in 64bit, using modern linux techs, (alsa, VDPAU/VA-API, pulseaudio, recent kernels, etc).

     

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    Cynyr (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 7:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    ban hammers too, those can be used to break windows on stores and steal things. Or to murder people!

    ONLY MURDERERS HAVE HAMMERS!

     

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    Cynyr (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 7:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I'm betting your standard DVD player has some sort of buffer in it... That buffer is a copy...

     

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    Mudnail, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 7:38pm

    Where do i sign

     

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    MPAA/RIAA can suck it, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 7:42pm

    Failure in the system

    These are organizations that claim the digital revolution is killing their business while at the same time they are seeing record profits year after year. They are just greedy assholes.

    However none of that matters. Even if they are not ready to admit it, they have already lost this war. They can either change how they do business or sink into oblivion.

    On that note check out "tribler"

    Enjoy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 8:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Please visit your local brainwashing department for immediate removal of the copy."

    No need, didn't you know they're already rolling out the home version?

    It's called 'The IP Protection Board'. It's really very simple actually, anytime you watch a movie, listen to a song, or read a book, to avoid copying it to memory, and therefore stealing the movie/song/book in question, you pick up the board by the edges(1) near one end, bring it back as far as possible, and then slam it as hard as you can into your head.

    Then you rinse and repeat the process until you forget what you just watched/listened to/read, ensuring that you never end up stealing a copy of it to store in your mind.(2)


    (1)The plain version is just normal wood, but the deluxe, which costs a mere $250 more, has padded foam edges to grip. What a steal for such a minor price increase right?

    (2)Chanting 'pies lesu domine, dona eis requiem' between blows to the head is entirely optional, though highly recommended, as it helps you keep a steady head-bashing rhythm, and allows you to avoid going either too fast, or too slow.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 8:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: I am bald / 3D printers

    Considering a system like that would seem to reward whoever played the dirtiest, I'd have to say 'No, very much No' to that idea.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 8:28pm

    They'd never let you rip dvds. It'd be way too convenient. Hahah

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 9:23pm

    Re: Re: Doesn't affect consumers

    Yep and you have the US government to thank that for it.

    They are threatening economic sanctions to anyone who doesn't comply.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 9:24pm

    Re: Re:

    I think what you want is total perfection, and it's never going to work that way. But I can get a movie on my iPad and watch it there, I can also watch it on my PC or my TV. My wife can watch it on her phone. That aint bad.

    I realize you are saying "I want it on every device, at the highest possible quality in any format I choose" and that's not really reasonable.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 9:27pm

    Re:

    I think the media industry has been charging you for the same content for 50 years. Records -> 8 Tracks -> Cassette Tapes -> CD's -> MP3.

    Same for movie companies. Theater -> Rental -> Owning.

    They've been making their money off that for a long time. They want to continue to do be able to do that. They want to create a legal framework where they can, in effect, rent content to you.

    Should they be able to ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 9:29pm

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    Who sets the rules for how the license works, you or the company licensing out the content ?

     

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    B Pickel (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 9:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I can see it now from the MPAA...
    "Schizophrenic's will have to buy a copy for each personality that wishes to watch our disks*"


    *discamer, only currently applys to digital versatile disks. other disk types will be added at a later date

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 9:34pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I can do it already for free why is that not reasonable?
    Because the law is creating a immoral harmful monopoly?

    Thanks but no thanks, this is one thing the government will have to learn to let go, I will laugh at politicians all the way to my grave.

    Youtube: Stream video to another PC with VLC Player

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 9:48pm

    Ultraviolet DRM have people in arms already, this they don't tell the Library Of Congress that there is a lot of frustration about that little scheme that has no real adoption on the real world.

    The people who tried to use got confused and couldn't use the damn thing.

    Quote:
    In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Ryan Reynolds is shown in a scene from "Green Lantern." When Warner Bros. launched movie titles on Hollywoods new UltraViolet view-anywhere standard last month, it meant to give customers a way to record movie purchases online and retrieve them on any device. Instead, it took away the ability to download a copy to their iPads and iPhones. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

    http://cnsnews.com/image/ultraviolet-backlash

    Warner Bros. giving iTunes redemption codes to unhappy UltraViolet users
    http://forums.appleinsider.com/showthread.php?t=136134

    Ultraviolet is broken but that is just a silly detail.

     

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    joe, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:15pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    So the possibility of illegal activity....making biased assumption....is enough to claim a crime has occurred. This is the America we send our service men to defend?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:18pm

    How long until we can't even tell a friend about a movie without violating some corperate code thats been enforced by corrupt laws?

     

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    Just John (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:25pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I gave you a funny because of the fact that you actually know how to spell the chant from Monty Python.

    I have tried looking it up before (so I could see what it meant) and could never spell it in a way that I was given the accurate spell check...

     

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    The Rabbit Hole, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:37pm

    Just take the Blue Pill

    So by all accounts, our 1999 blockbuster The Matrix. Gave us all a hint of where the MPAA is heading. As Neo wakes from his automated searches on his PC and he is told to follow the white rabbit, he gives a mini disc to a rather grateful individual. What was this data? Neo was called a personal Jesus Christ for giving this precious disc. Or was it simply his own copy of the movie "Ben Hur"? Neo quickly denotes that if the individual were to get caught with this disc in his possession that...He doesn't exist. This should tell us something, Hollywood wants us to stay in the dreamworld and take the blue pill, otherwise they will send the agents to kill us all. That said I wonder if we are already in their Matrix? Fueling their nefarious companies with our souls?

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 12:10am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Mostly because people generally don't just rip it for their own use.

    Says who? You?

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 12:14am

    Re:

    What I am seeing is that the content companies are coming out with a system (content management) that should allow you to do pretty much everything you want

    You mean, they offer us a solution to the problems they deliberately created in the first place and have us pay for it too? Brilliant! That's so gonna work.

     

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    Angry Voter, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 12:37am

    Is RIAA & MPAA member offshore banking funding terrorists?

    The RIAA and MPAA members' transnational business structure is a threat to national security.

    Offshore banking shouldn't be allowed because it might be used to fund terrorists.

    Their companies should be seized and liquidated immediately.

    I dare them to prove it's not true! Prove they aren't secretly funding terrorists! Why would they hide their money unless they were planning on attacking the US? All MPAA & RIAA members should be monitored 24/7 because they might be cheating on their taxes.

    Maybe the secret police should raid their offices and they should be held indefinitely without trial and interrogated until they confess?

     

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    wynnyelle, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 1:02am

    lol

    lol i didn't know DVD ripping was still illegal...seriously?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 1:26am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "I realize you are saying "I want it on every device, at the highest possible quality in any format I choose" and that's not really reasonable."

    Erm, why not? It's perfectly possible now, but only with non-DRMed pirated content. It's up to the industry to offer this legally, but there's no technical reason why they can't.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 1:29am

    Re: "Digital Copy"

    I bought a Blu Ray recently that had a digital copy "included". The reason I have that in quotes is that there was a time limit on activation, and I got the disc several months after that had expired. So, I was not allowed to access the file.

    Oh well, back to being an "evil pirate" to get the digital copy I paid for, I suppose...

     

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    Prisoner 201, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 1:31am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "I think what you want is total perfection, and it's never going to work that way. "

    Heads up - it works that way already.

    "I realize you are saying "I want it on every device, at the highest possible quality in any format I choose" and that's not really reasonable."

    I have that already, how can it be unreasonable?

     

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    Paul, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 1:52am

    Ah... had enough of this bull shit. Until they can't enforce me to buy something that I don't want I will buy what I want.

    The only way to bring down their business model is by starving it. We live in an era where entertainment can be found very easy and for any price. My life is not better if I see the last movie that x or y made.

    I will reward the artist that gives me the best quality and the least restrictions for my money.

    I recently bought a book from a blog that I am following for at least 3 years. The reason? One they released their first book for free after 2 years. Second although I could wait for 2 years and get it for free or find other means (pirates) by buying it its my way of saying to them that they do a good job and I like them to continue doing it.

    For any other "entertainment" makers out there.... if I don't like you f*** you!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:17am

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    It from Pixies, they come in your place at night and magically DVD stuff into your hard drive

     

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    analogy, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:19am

    Re: Re: Re:

    think of buying the car as a first step to hitting someone with your car, you may not intend it but it happens often enough

    think of purchasing internet service as the first step towards piracy, you may not intend it, but it happens often enough

    think of buying playing cards as the first steps towards illegal gambling, you may not intend it but it happens often enough

    this is not about making copys for others, this is about being able to use the movie you buy in different formats, ones they want to charge you for each

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:26am

    Re: Re: "Digital Copy"

    From TPB, obviously. I don't waste my time ripping anything. Actually I don't buy stuff from MAFIAA anymore but when I did, before they made me disgusted enough, I usually went TPB for the digital file. And when the bds came out I'd buy the DVD and download the BD copy since I don't plan to buy a bd player.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:31am

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    "so when i see commercials on tv telling me to "own it on dvd" this tuesday..

    i don't really get to "own" it?"

    You do get to own it, on that particular DVD.
    You can move it around, as long as it stays on that particular DVD.
    If that particular DVD gets damaged and becomes unplayable, you get the opportunity to own it again on another DVD or to not own it.

    It is a fact however that not owning it has more features than owning it.
    You can not own a movie in multiple formats suitable for any and all devices existing or imagined, at the same time and you can share your non ownership with anyone you choose at anytime.
    In fact groups of up to 40,000 can share their common non-ownership in ways that are totally non infringing.
    For example, they could sell tickets to a non showing of a non owned film which they could not display in a stadium setting.
    This could be the next big thing in entertainment.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:33am

    Re: Re:

    Although I bet if you advertised a stadium non showing of a named film, you'd still get sued.

    But maybe you'd win.

    After all it cannot be illegal to say you will definitively not be showing a particular film... can it?

     

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    sageadvisor, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:33am

    Ripping DVD's

    Keep ripping - but more importantly stop buying this cripple crap until they (Hollywood) come to their senses. I have thousands of DVD's (and CD's) legally purchased and unused - I rip them to a media server and file the physical disks away - they decay and glitch in a few years - my digital copies live on...

    If a DVD/CD won't rip/contains obvious DRM - it is defective and goes in the garbage - and I would have no qualms about downloading a torrent copy after the ceremonial bining of the original - It's mine, I bought it - and I own it. Studios taking exception to this can go take the proverbial flying f%@k...

    In the end the consumer has the power, and we know what is fair... More importantly - we should decide what is aceptable

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:34am

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    Ahh but they'd argue that you buy the physical media but only getting a licence to view the content that is encoded on it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:36am

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    You could write a short story about someone ripping a DVD. lol, can't prove it was meant to incite a crime.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:39am

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    Hmmm that means the MAFIAA reads TechDirt. Puts a whole new perspective for all the insane trolling we see here....

     

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    SGKorina, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 3:18am

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    I have ripped digital copies of every DVD I have purchased. As in bought and paid for. I haven't copied friends' movies or downloaded them from sites like The Pirate Bay. I have also never allowed my digital copies to be uploaded and shared with anyone else. Ripping a DVD for a personal use only backup of what you have purchased is not a gateway to criminal acts.

    You use words like "generally" and "might." These words are used when there is no evidence backing a hypothesis. Give us facts if you want your post to sound like more than ignorant suppositions.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 3:49am

    MPAA kicks people on crutches.

    Sorry, been a while since I've posted here.

    I was recently in an accident in which I broke one of my feet and the opposite leg. I spend a considerable time on bedrest, so I plunked down a couple dollars for a Netflix subscription.

    After a month that got boring, and I fell back on the rather large dvd collection that I have. My first time I was lucky, I made it to the shelf in the hallway, taking time for a bathroom break. It took sixteen minutes to get a dvd from the shelf to my player. Not bad.

    Second try was a failure, dropped 2 cases on the floor, left them there for the wife to pick up. Made it with the third movie.

    My wife must have called my daughter, who in turn dragged my son-in-law over. we had a discussion of my adventures over dinner, after which my daughter started boxing my movies up. She said she was going to help me out a little, which I didn't question.

    The next day my daughter let herself into the house as I was trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix. She promptly shut off my player and plugged a portable hard drive into the player. Every one of my movies was on there, albeit absent the subtitles I like to use sometimes.

    My son-in-law had taken my dvd collection and put them on that hard drive. When I get back on my feet, both figuratively and literally, I am definately going to help him with that shed he's been bugging me about.

    Moral of the story: not everybody at all times has the capability to load up their precious plastic discs in order to watch a movie.

    I can't think of the movies off the top of my head, but Netflix didn't have some of the movies in my collection, plus I'd rather watch the movies off the hard drive, it doesn't take 30-40 seconds of staring at the 'Buffering' icon to skip forward.

    So, either you like the government monitoring your internet usage or you kick puppies; the MPAA can either let people rip their lawfully purchased movies or they kick people on crutches... like me.

    Here's a nice finger for you, MPAA.

     

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    Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:03am

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    Why not? What is unreasonable about it? It's technically possible and very very easy. Hell, I can do it from here starting with the highest available quality format (bluray) and working from that. It would take a couple of hours and give me EXACTLY what I want. Of course that would be infringing copyright, wouldn't it?

    SO is the problem that my "utopia" isn't possible, or that a bunch or moron corporations are too scared of what I "might" do with a film to allow me to do it legally and pay for it once?

    Again, an artificial system to limit what is possible is not progress. The aim should be to make money out of the possibilities not pretend they don't exist.

     

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    senshikaze (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:39am

    Re: Re: Re:

    um... I rip for my own use...
    I have never (not once) put a ripped dvd on any website, and yet, even that is illegal as far as the movie industry is concerned.
    If you don'tsee that as f**ked up, then I'm not sure we are talking about the same thing.

     

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    Michael, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:39am

    meh

    As long as the MPIAA and RIAA are getting even one cent of the money I won't be paying for copies of anything. The only way to beat them is to starve them of cash.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:41am

    Re: Re: Re:

    no, it's perfectly illegal, due to Quantum Doublebluff Mechanics.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    And here I thought Shadowrun was a parody.

     

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    Glenn, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:52am

    I bought it -- I own it.

    If I bought the disc, then I bought the right to actually use it and the content on it in any "personal use" way I choose. And if a studio thinks it can sell me something and then still tell me how and when and how much I may use it... well, I'll certainly never buy anything of theirs again (merely for their piss-poor attitude). However, paying "Hollywood" for anything again is not in my plans. The best thing that could happen in this world is for those studios to dry up and fade away. If they're not stealing from "customers", then they're stealing from artists and performers. Just boycott them and their "product".

     

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    Niall (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 5:06am

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

    Then as you have already paid for the licence for the content, you should only pay for the replacement media, which is a fraction of a $20 movie cost...

     

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    The eejit (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 5:20am

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    Because we don't grease the right palms. Possibly with seaman and Big Macs, all coated off with a side of krokodil.

     

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    macdroid84 (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 6:16am

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    So I should pay for the DVD, pay for my cable/on demand/HBO to show it hopefully, or pay for Netflix to hopefully have the right to show it 3 months after its out on dvd... Those are the "content management" solutions? BAHAHAHAHAHA!! I'll just keep ripping my DVD's, buying them off iTunes, and buying the digital copies. I get my movies legally, but if ripping a DVD I bought 3 years ago is going to be illegal and called pirating, I have one thing to say... ARRRGGGHHH!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 6:19am

    Re:

    I thought the same thing immediately when I read this article. Is Nostradamus amongst our ranks?

     

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    wannahack, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 6:28am

    hack the world

    I would like to see hackers get into the personal wifi of any and all lawyers congressmen or public representatives all of them. Download high profile torrents and see how they like being sued or blacklisted for something they didnt do. Hack the world.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 7:12am

    Re: Re:

    Mmmmmhmmmm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 7:12am

    Re: Re:

    Mmmmmhmmmm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 7:14am

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:15pm

    Tdyfvhu

     

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    Dreddsnik, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 7:26am

    I have been a long time regular at P2Pnet. Actually, I have been there since it split off from the ( now defunct ) Boycott RIAA, seen P2Pnet through 'Thumbtack''s days through Jon Newton's reign there. A very long time and a lot of memories. This article brings back a particularly amusing memory at BoycottRIAA.com. About 6 months before BlueRay actually hit the shelves we had a Shill for blueray that said nearly exactly what this article is talking about.

    BluRay DRM 'Allows' this .. BlueRay 'Allows' that etc ..

    We were pretty much on the same page as you Mike and we repeatedly asked him how BlueRay could possibly 'Allow' what we already can do, since by definition DRM is created to restrict. He stuck stubbornly to repeating the 'BluRay allows' mantra without ever addressing questions. I became curious and did some searching using the shill's username and discovered that the shill was actually a member of the developement team that created one of the potential DRM schemes proposed for BlueRay. When I called him out on this he vanished from the Boycott RIAA forums, never to return.

    The 'DRM Allows' spin has been around for a long time and the ONLY ones who spout it are inevitably found to be connected to the industry in one capacity or another. I have yet to meet anyone who supports such gobbledygook that isn't in the industry 'food chain'.

     

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    Eye of Sauron, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 7:40am

    Re: I bought it -- I own it.

    Sheep do not complain, you understand that?
    You take what we give you and don't complaint, we are giving you a break here by taking all of your rights from you we didn't need to give anything back by we throwed you a bone.

    Now sheep, stop complaining and open your bank to auto debit charges so we can charge you for anything we want and don't complain you have no rights, we are the owner of rights you are not, do you understand that? we own the rights you won nothing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 7:45am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Picture"? You mean "live in", right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 8:00am

    They also don't tell the Library of Congress that digital copies expire.

     

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    DanZee (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 8:04am

    Frustrated Lawyers

    Being a lawyer is a pretty uncreative job most of the time, so when they get a chance to start making up reasons for an injunction or lawsuit, apparently they go over the top with their analogies. Give them enough rope and they'll eventually claim that ripping a DVD will bring about the Apocalypse!

    The funny thing is that the studios could probably make more money by making movies MORE accessible than less accessible. For example, we've seen computer games WITHOUT DRM sell a heck of a lot more games than games WITH DRM. And O'Reilly Books has found that the more its books get "pirated" the more printed versions it sells. (IT guys apparently like to preview books before they buy them!)

    And there's also synergy that the studios still seem to be ignoring. Ask George Lucas how that worked out. He made more money by selling Star Wars toys and books than he did from his movies. And Disney has known this for decades. The amusement park business kept Disney alive when it was turning out crappy movies.

    Getting the studios to see the light is going to take a lot of time and effort!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 9:06am

    No, you can't watch that Blockbuster movie you bought on your Tivo any more

    Blockbuster just emailed me. "We have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that, as of 3/31/12, the Blockbuster app will no longer be available on your TiVo DVR. We are updating our technology platform and will not be able to continue supporting your device. "

    This is why I NEVER buy anything that has DRM. You lose your investment immediately if they choose to just stop supporting you. At least with DVD's, I can keep my old player as long as I want. Heck, my mom still watches her VHS tapes!

     

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    donthetech, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 9:21am

    Re: Yes, I've noticed.

    Cmon, you mean yer not gonna buy the SUPER HD Spectacular, then the 3D Blockbuster version of the same movie?

    Star Wars was made back in the 70's, look how many times people have paid good money to see the different versions of that movie series alone!!!!!

     

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    donthetech, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 9:41am

    Re: No, you can't watch that Blockbuster movie you bought on your Tivo any more

    WOW!! That really sucks big time....So that means you would have to buy ANOTHER device that DOES have Blockbuster on it...Glad I didn't buy any movies from them, I have a different device, though, and it allows downloads to the device's built-in hard drive....I have them, CinemaNow and VUDU all on the same device....again, that blows!!!

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 10:08am

    The Range Rider rides again...

    You are my personal hero for the day, who ever you are.


    "Who was that masked man?"

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 10:15am

    Aim gun at foot, pull trigger.

    If not for the MPAA, there would already be a cheap and widely available equivalent to the Kaledescape device that was recently declared in violation of DVD cartel licensing. Much like the "boston strangler" of another era, such devices would improve the value of a spinny disk by making it easier and more efficient to use. People would actually be encouraged to accumulate massive piles of these things so they could stuff them in their jukebox.

    If I had the choice, I would prefer such a jukebox.

    That option was pretty much denied me so I just copy spinny disks to a big hard drive.

    Now all of that stuff that could be in a nice enclosure is just a bunch of files sitting on a PC somewhere.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 10:20am

    Perfection

    You seem to be describing a single hardware vendor ecosystem.

    While you didn't explicitly state it, it sounds suspiciously like you are using nothing but Apple products and that your solution would IMMEDIATELY FAIL if you added a single non-Apple product into the mix.

    Ditch the DRM and there's no problem. Anything can play anywhere. The technical hurdles are trivial. The only real problem is that your solution will get sued out of existence if you try to sell it as a ready made consumer product.

    What's so unreasonable about something I already have?

    Just put a DRM free QT video in the package instead of an iTunes redemption code. Non-problem solved.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 10:23am

    Cue the usual industry lies.

    > The problem is that when you purchase a DVD, you are licensing a copy of the movie. That's how it works

    No, that's not how it works. That's just industry propaganda.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 10:32am

    Fancy rentals

    If you can't copy it, it's just a rental.

    Any "managed copy" that is dependent on DRM and validation of that DRM can become unusable at any time for any number of reasons including some trivial network glitch.

    It have seen this with iTunes "digital copies".

    A little network trouble and your "digital copies" are unusable but your ripped stuff is fine.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 11:34am

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

    Though I'm sure it'll just add fuel to the trolls' fire, I was able to find a subtitled version of the scene on youtube.

    Pay no mind to the fact that the little clip made me want to watch the whole movie again of course, that's just dirty pirate apologist talk.

    If you were looking for the translation, apparently it's something along the lines of "Pious Lord Jesus, give him rest."

     

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    Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 11:46am

    Re:

    Giving instructions on how to do something is absolutely legal and covered under protected speech. Hosting the software may be a gray area, but the speech itself should be protected.

    Telling someone how to do something should always be protected under the 1st amendment. If the act is illegal and they then actually perform the act, then they would be liable for breaking the law, but you should have no liability for sharing the information.

    It's not to say that some jackass lawyer might not try to sue for spreading the information but no competent judge should allow the case to proceed.

     

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    smitty, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 12:53pm

    Re:

     

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    cabal (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 1:56pm

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:27pm

    Thanks for answering Jeff`s question

     

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    donthetech, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:33pm

    Re: Re: No, you can't watch that Blockbuster movie you bought on your Tivo any more

    Hey Anonymous, I checked with Blockbuster about your situation with the Tivo, and guess what, they sent me an email telling me their app is going to be removed from my Live Hub.....Ain't that a scream????

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 4:40pm

    Didn't a judge rule last year that ripping your legit DVDs for personal use is legal?

     

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    Killercool (profile), Feb 17th, 2012 @ 5:17am

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

    There is an official Monty Python channel, which I think has everything Monty Python, ever, on it.

    Yet they still manage to make money.

    It must be because they're so big, it wouldn't work for anyone else.

     

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    Trencher, Feb 17th, 2012 @ 4:46pm

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    Well Technically you do "own" the disc, you just don't own the content on the disc... stupid I know.. but true.

     

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    Lord Deathwing, Feb 17th, 2012 @ 11:21pm

    LOOOL!

    They will annoy us enough that they will get fucked very hard in the end, that's just how the system works.

    As for all this disc ripping, who cares, just torrent it all, they go suck a fat one.

     

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    I-Blz, Feb 18th, 2012 @ 5:50pm

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

    I now know what insanity sounds like. It sounds like hollywood execs farting around in a meetin room, trying to figure out the next new way to dick over consumers.

     

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    fairuse (profile), Feb 18th, 2012 @ 10:11pm

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    Drew, I do think of the children. They get a copy and the brand new disk goes into witness protection (kids will expend huge amounts of time looking for said disk. Yes, they killed the copy.)
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    fairuse (profile), Feb 18th, 2012 @ 10:20pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Drew, I do think of the children. They get a copy and the brand new disk goes into witness protection (kids will expend huge amounts of time looking for said disk. Yes, they killed the copy.)
    .

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 12:16pm

    Re: Copies

    "As to FACT's "You wouldn't steal a car""
    No, but I'd download a copy or two of that bad boy and some of their relatives. A nice estate to keep them at, a wife, two point five children and the white picket fence ;-)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 29th, 2012 @ 2:33pm

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    you need to change your prescription then.

     

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    Daniel Mendez, Apr 17th, 2012 @ 2:28am

    We could fix this buy getting computers with HDMI port, and a TV with HDMI port, most PC's and TV's nowadays are sold with HDMI port.

    In my opinion to stop this, let's just simple stop making DVD's and Bluray copies.

    Instead of buying a DVD/Bluray player, get an External Hard Drive, or an Internal big one for all your movies in SD/HD.

     

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    Daniel (profile), Apr 17th, 2012 @ 2:42am

    You can have a Digital Copy but to do, it has to be legal so this is why it is sold on the Web, selling them only on the web (iTunes Store, Amazon Insant Video, etc), will make it harder for pirates to brake the protection. DVD/Blurays, they all should be deleted. They'll keep ripping it and share it on the web, you probably won't do it, but there are many that do, so they don't get paid for what they worked, to reduce this they have to protect it.

     

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    Daniel (profile), Apr 17th, 2012 @ 3:00am

    What's the point of buying DVDs? You can't rip them. But you can buy a Digital Copy and Download it to your phone, tablet, computer, probably even TVs, if not just change to HDMI.

     

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    Jon, May 27th, 2012 @ 3:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: I am bald / 3D printers

    I love the way you think !!!

     

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    JD, Nov 3rd, 2012 @ 5:54pm

    RE:

    I don't care. i really don't. i buy movies on dvd when they come out, usually blu-ray. but when i go on trips, which i do frequently, i don't want to lug around a whole case of dvds to watch on my laptop. it is much simpler to torrent a copy of the same movie i already bought, and adjust it to my preferences, and have a more convenient method of watching movies on the planes. business and first don't have little tv's, as much as i wish they did. Not to mention that my laptops use about 2/3 less power to run quicktime than the dvd player.

    as much as i don't like torrenting, if the movie companies want to charge me twice for the same movie, i will draw the line. honestly, it is unethical to charge people twice when they want to make movie watching more efficient. if i can get digital copies i take them though.

     

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