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LinuxWorld: What do the CCA and MPAA really want?

Sep 09, 2000, 03:07 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"The DeCSS controversy: it's not about free speech or the freedom to reverse engineer, it's about control over the presentation of content. So start collecting allies and fight from a position of strength...."

"By getting off on a free speech tangent, people are allowing the MPAA and CCA to divert attention away from the fact that DeCSS is not really a matter of copy protection. The MPAA and CCA are desperately trying to position this as a copy protection argument. It is not...."

"Anyway, that's not what I think this is about. If I had to guess what the MPAA and CCA are truly afraid of, I would wager that they don't want to risk losing control over how DVD content is presented. Right now when you purchase and play a DVD, it can already take over control of your DVD player. For example, I have DVDs that will not allow me to skip past a number of movie previews in order to begin playing the movie I purchased. Worse, there are rumors that DVDs will one day "expire" after being used a set number of times."

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