circumvents a technological measure that effectively controls access to or copying
CSS effective? Ha ha ha.
I wonder if real had extra stuff to get by all the extra crap that companies like Fox put on their DVDs (still not effective).
A US federal district court judge has handed a preliminary injunction to Hollywood studios, to prevent RealNetworks from selling its RealDVD product to US customers who want to copy DVDs using the software. "The RealDVD products, by their very nature, open a veritable Pandora’s box of liability for Real,” wrote Judge Marilyn …
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Perpetual copyright through the back door. Complete elimination of fair use. The ability to take public domain works and by slapping some encryption on them removing the work from said public domain.
Congratulations are in order to the RIAA and MPAA, as their goal of becoming the new "London Company of Stationers" and completely reversing the 1710 Statute of Anne has come a few steps closer.
I just hope like hell that other countries don't follow in the US footsteps, even with the billions being spent on lobbying by these dinosaurs.
The RIAA (mafia) have their cronies everywhere. Pretty soon they'll come after the PC manufacturers because after all, you need that to be copying a DVD - next is the electricity company for providing the 'criminals' with the necessary power for their theft!
Isn't it time that somebody stopped these criminal copyright companies?? What is this world coming too?
Almost, but not quite, yer'onor ... You yourself put it well:
"But it is what it is. Once the distributive nature of the copying process takes hold, like the spread of gossip after a weekend in Vegas, what's done cannot be undone."
You see, the cat IS out of the bag. The worms have left the can. It's done. Put a fork in it.
When you combine the world-reaching power of "the internet" (what ever that is), powerful computers in every home, and powerful software freely available to anybody who wants it, the only logical end result is that Big Business no longer has a monopoly on the distribution channels for anything that can be digitized. Like it or not, that is the way it is. Copyright laws as we know them need revamping. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but them's the facts, regardless.
Should I mention DVDDecrypter?
I mean, I know it's illegal and stopped both development and official distribution some time ago, but it doesn't take much to find it. Then your fair use is protected. And then there's AnyDVD which is a commercial product that can remove protections and make copies of pretty much anything up and including BluRay.
Unlike RealDVD, which I understand just changed encryption schemes and locked the copy to your PC.
RealDVD just got the slapdown because it came from a big name.
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