Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Jan 2007 14:40 UTC, submitted by archiesteel
Windows Microsoft has been forced to acknowledge that a substantial number of PCs running the new version of its Windows operating system will not be able to play high-quality DVDs. The Vista system will be available to consumers at the end of the month. However, in an interview with The Times, one of its chief architects said that because of anti-piracy protection granted to the Hollywood studios, Vista would not play HD-DVD and Blu-ray Discs on certain PCs.
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the funny thing is...
by jptros on Tue 9th Jan 2007 18:43 UTC
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After all this money is spent to prevent copying or what have you people most likely will not start going and buying enough new "legal" copies of any given movie to cause a noticeable increase in profits for the movie industry. It's almost like these guys have the mentality the average working Joe is out to get a paycheck so he can get the latest new release. Give me a break.

A recent study by the Motion Picture Association estimated that illegal copying cost the industry $6.1 billion in 2005

I wonder how much of that $6.1 billion was spent trying to prevent little Joey from copying the dvd his mom rented for him at blockbuster. In other words, I wonder how much of that $6.1 billion Microsoft et al. got for researching and developing this technology because I have a hard time believing 100 little Joey's or HackerMike's cost the MPA $6.1 billion by copying a dvd they rented, borrowed or (insert your copying excuse) but would have never bought to begin with. I guess what they really mean to say is "Our statistics show that we could have made an additional $6.1 billion if more people gave a damn enough to buy our movies in the first place."

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