Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Oct 2011 13:31 UTC
Legal A few days ago, several countries signed ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. As you are probably aware, ACTA was drafted up in secret, and is basically Obama/Biden's attempt to impose the US' draconian pro-big business/big content protection laws on the rest of the world ('sign it, or else'). The European Parliament still has to vote on it, and as such, Douwe Korff, professor of international law at the London Metropolitan University, and Ian Brown senior research fellow at the University of Oxford, performed a 90-page study, with a harsh conclusion: ACTA violates fundamental human rights.
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RE[3]: Call me contrarian...
by sagum on Wed 5th Oct 2011 06:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Call me contrarian..."
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the copy protection used in DVD encyption is Content Scramble System (aka CSS) and is licensed to venders for use in DVD player hardware and software from the DVD Forum. They are a collection of companies who designed and setup the DRM (CSS) for use with DVDs in the first place. The cost is $10-15. The (Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for the USA members here, forbids VLC from playing DVDs.

Legally, if you are in the USA and use VLC to play a whole movie you are doing something illegal because you don't have a license to play DVDs. That license does NOT come as part of a DVD disc.

Of course, USA laws don't apply to everyone else, regardless of if the DVD Forum is made up of company around the world.

Lastly, VideoLAN and who created the libdvdcss that VLC uses, is a French non-profit organization and there is nothing the USA can do about that with the DMCA.

Edited 2011-10-05 06:26 UTC

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