09. June 2005 · Comments Off on More Entertainment Industry Attacks · Categories: Technology

This from Thomas Mennecke at Slyck:

Today, in what many consider to be an unfortunate announcement, the developer of DVD Decrypter, “LIGHTNING UK!”, has announced he too will cease the future distribution and development of his software.

“Ok so it has taken a while (almost 2 years), but eventually “a certain company” has decided they don’t like what I’m doing (circumventing their protection) and have come at me like a pack of wolves. I’ve no choice but to cease everything to do with DVD Decrypter. I realise this is going to be one of those “that sucks – fight them!” kinda things, but at the end of the day, it’s my life and I’m not about to throw it all away (before it has even really started) attempting to fight a battle I can’t possibly win.”

In order to survive this ordeal with his finances intact, the developer of DVD Decrypter must transfer the domain “www.dvddecrypter.com” over to “a certain company” by the end of this week. Currently, the site is no longer available. The developer of DVD Decrypter was instead forced to announce this event on AfterDawn.com.

And this from Sander Sassen at Hardware Analysis:

If you’ve been reading my columns for a while you must’ve noticed that I’m not too keen on how the movie and music industry chooses to fight piracy, or rather, as many people view it, uphold their inflated profit margins. In an attempt to put a stop to DVD copying they’ve now targeted individuals that develop software tools that allow you to circumvent the copy protection as found on DVDs and make successful backups. I’m actually specifically using the word backups here as despite the grim scenario the industry’s watchdog, the RIAA, paints most people do not supply copies to the whole neighborhood but rather make backups of their own, expensive, DVDs for home use.

Again I’m stumped as to why they’re resorting to such tactics and honestly they could be in for a surprise. In most countries you’re allowed to make a backup for home use or archiving, which sounds like fair play to me, but also have a law which prohibits you from breaking the copy protection. So you’re basically caught between two fires, you’re legally allowed to make a backup but breaking the copy protection in order to do so is prohibited. In order to fix this juxtaposition we’ll need to have a judge decide which law has precedence over the other. If it is the latter then indeed corporate gain and profit margins are paramount and the rights of the individual end user further limited.

But there’s a catch, many publishers have now put into place a EULA which states that the content stored on a DVD is supplied on a loan basis, you don’t actually own it. Hence you buy the right to use, cq. watch the movie or listen to the audio tracks, but are not the rightful owner of the content. This creates a whole new discussion as when that’s the case, and for some reason the carrier of that content gets damaged, it doesn’t void your right to use the content. Hence the carrier, CD or DVD, should be replaced at no cost by the publisher, they cannot charge you again for something to which you already own the right to use. This would also soften the backup argument used by many somewhat as now the publisher will need to replace your faulty discs, regardless whether you used them as coasters or they suffer from a manufacturing defect.

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