Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Sep 2009 22:31 UTC
Multimedia, AV While we at OSNews often talk about desktops, laptops, and netbooks, there is another "form factor" which is making inroads into various households: the home theatre PC, or HTPC. There are a lot of software packages out there that will aid in turning a computer into an HTPC, and since I've been testing three of them extensively over the past months, I figured we'd talk about what you use.
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RE[6]: MythTV - thankyou
by NicePics13 on Sun 13th Sep 2009 11:46 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: MythTV - thankyou"
NicePics13
Member since:
2009-06-08

DVD content use, though legally licensed, requires DRM addon codecs where the FOSS developed solutions are not legal. The risk is that the platform will be left behind as more DRM becomes included and expecting average consumers to understand let alone denounce such restrictions has not helped so far.

In the EU libdvdcss is not illegal for DVD playback on non-Windows/Mac platforms. I reckon it's the same deal with blu-ray though for now you have to rip/dump the bloody thing to watch it.

A limitation imposed by developers can be addressed by other developers but a limitation imposed by a hardware vendor becomes a real problem.

That's why we have illegal hardware hacks. Like the HDCP strippers you get from China.

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RE[7]: MythTV - thankyou
by AdamW on Sun 13th Sep 2009 14:49 in reply to "RE[6]: MythTV - thankyou"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

"In the EU libdvdcss is not illegal for DVD playback on non-Windows/Mac platforms."

It hasn't been tested in court, but under most nations' implementations of the EUCD (which outlaws the circumvention of copy protection mechanisms, just like the DMCA) it almost certainly is.

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RE[8]: MythTV - thankyou
by DrillSgt on Sun 13th Sep 2009 15:28 in reply to "RE[7]: MythTV - thankyou"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"In the EU libdvdcss is not illegal for DVD playback on non-Windows/Mac platforms."

It hasn't been tested in court, but under most nations' implementations of the EUCD (which outlaws the circumvention of copy protection mechanisms, just like the DMCA) it almost certainly is.


Actually in the US it was tested a few years ago. It was determined that the use of libdvdcss was not illegal. What is illegal is making it available. That is why you will not find libdvdcss hosted on servers located in the US, and have to download it from another country. So you getting it and installing it to use your media is not an issue.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Some users are limited by backwards laws that make libdvd illegal and are all users are not willing to install the illegal strippers from China. There are such software solutions to get around hardware imposed problems but this just moves the limitation from the software to the local legal system. While this allows home users to make the personal choice it blocks the possibility of fully functional name brand distributions which negates use by average users and business.

I mean, your preaching to the choir here. Few things bother me more than synthetic limitations imposed by a third party. It does no good for the platform or the end user to remove choice if the hardware vendors are willing to support it. If a vendor is willing to provide specs for DRM support, that should be considered; if not by the kernel then by the distribution level through kernel mods. (this does dirty what should be an upstream addition but distributions have that choice)

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