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Linux.com: The DVD Cartel

Jan 29, 2000, 15:27 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Bos)

"Given the current climate over the pirating of DVDs -- especially in Asia, where distribution channels are most well established -- it's hard to understand why the MPAA is so energetically and enthusiastically pursuing a group of people who, to all accounts, simply want the ability to play their legally acquired DVDs on their home computers. A great deal more people than those in the Linux and computing communities are affected, of course. However, the free software communities, with their habitual push for freedom, have been a large part of the push to fight the DVDCCA on territory that they can't hope to touch...."

"As many people see it -- including Eric Raymond, a prominent free software advocate -- there is only one relatively simple inference that can be reached. The DVD cartel is not attempting to stop piracy, nor protect its trade secrets. It is trying to maintain its hold on how, where, and which legal DVDs can be played!..."

"This overt, money-grubbing corporate greed is exactly what is going to ensure the discrediting of the MPAA and the wide dissemination of the technology behind DeCSS, and the eventual de facto commoditisation of DVD technology. In five years, can anyone imagine paying 30 dollars for approved blank DVDs? In five years, will DVD writers still cost a few thousand dollars? No, and no! Yet the DVD movie industry will thrive, not in spite of this commoditisation, but because of it. It's happened with cassettes, video tapes, and most recently CD's, and it will happen with DVDs as well...."

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