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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by David Lambert, Jul 4, 2002.
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I don't think some guys with names like Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin would be very pleased.
Isn't it nice to know that you're a criminal if you try to make a backup of a disc that you purchased? We're expected to back up our hard drives in the event that something goes wrong (and we're chastized if we don't) yet we're forbidden from being able to back up our DVDs in the event that something goes wrong.
What unbelievable idiocy.
And it will get worse before it gets better...
Fight the good fight against these Draconian laws being introduced by Hollywood and its influence over the politicians in their pockets. They are the enemy of free and fair use.
I have used DeCSS to make a screensaver with all my favorite movie scenes and trailers... that is perfectly legal as long as I don't distribute it (all the scenes are from my DVDs, I own all the original copies).
Upsetting to say the least...thx for bringing this updated to my attention though, David.
I think there are WAAAAYYYY more pirates out there than you folks think...
I think he just did. This is a pretty well read forum.
I strongly doubt that commercial DVD pirates use DeCSS. Certainly the ones visible to me, who setup almost daily on Wall St. right near the NY stock exchange sell mostly brand new movies like Episode 2 AOTC, which obviously haven't been out on DVD, so the pirated DVDs were made from camcorder tapes or stolen film prints.
Even those commercial pirates who copy existing DVDs, probably use professional DVD stamping equipment that allows them to do bit for bit copies with no need for DeCSS.
So yes, the pirates are out there, but DeCSS is totally irrelevant to the professionals who actually might hurt Hollywood's bottom line.
The DeCSS battle is about control far more than piracy -- as a side effect DeCSS defeats region coding and allows DVDs to be played on "non-approved" players that skip past forced warnings and trailers, allow you to turn off forced subtitles, ignore region codes, etc. etc. None of these things constitute piracy -- they just allow the consumer to watch their legally purchased DVDs the way they wish to, not the way Hollywood tells them to.
Unfortunately, it won't make a bit of difference. Obviously, the MPAA firmly equates DeCSS with piracy and criminalization. Ah, well. There are more important things to worry about in this world, I suppose.