QUOTE(chronno @ Jan 7 2009, 08:04 PM)
Honest people won't copy their DVDs with or without DRM. DRM is supposedly an attempt to keep dishonest people honest. It only takes one dishonest person, who is willing to spend hours cracking the DRM or finding someone who will, to put the file online and then everyone has access to it.
Honest people are stuck with a product that may not work when they get it. All three Futurama DVDs have a new version of DRM that will not allow the older DVD players to play them (my dad is having this problem). Blu-Ray updates their DRM even more often.
In reality there are probably thousands of people who will work to crack DRM for nefarious purposes or for legitimate backup purposes like AnyDVD. There are only a few dozen at most who will work on making the DRM. It's not a fare fight.
With all the money that gets pumped into it, I'd say it is a "fare" fight; just not a "fair" fight
As for the protection making some unplayable, that sucks. It's good that your old DVD player has put out for so long. It's a shame that companies pass the buck onto the consumer, though. I'd prefer the discs have content unrestricted. If you spend less resources on trying to make it "uncopyable", you have more to make the product better, or can at least make it at a reduced cost. I'm reminded of the episode of South Park where Kyle & his band (along with Metallica & others) went on strike because people were downloading their songs, while Cartman didn't care about that and still went on to sell a million records.
QUOTE(Zod5000 @ Jan 5 2009, 04:19 AM)
Except the honest people get stuck with crappy DRM, while dishonest people get clean non-drm copies.
Same reason I've always wondered why I get the FBI warning on my dvd's/blurays. I already bought it, why are you wasting my time with this crap. Then the person who is viewing the same movie via pirated copy, gets to either benefit from having warnings removed, or at least fast forward through them.
And since i believe there is no copy protection in the universe that can actually work, they offload the charges for the DRM onto the paying customer. As a paying customer I say give up on DRM, its hopeless, stop wasting your money.
DRM and warnings seem to affect the paying customer more than joe blow who downloads a copy off the net.
That was exactly my point. I think Captain Jack Sparrow (a pirate) said it best "a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid".
I HATE having to sit through the warnings, too. It's bad enough you can't just press 'menu' on most previews anymore (gotta 'next chapter' your way through). Why do they have to slap the guy who just gave them $30? I can goto the zoo and watch monkeys sling poo, which is still entertaining, with no warnings to sit through (damn, not intended, but has sorta a "Dr. Suess" ring to it