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Watching DVDs in Linux: A Fight with MPAA

Nov 05, 2007, 22:45 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to Matt D. for this link. ]

"Has anyone really, and I mean really, spent hours researching the issue of using libdvdcss in Linux to watch DVDs? What would you say if I told you much of what you are reading about this issue is complete bunk? Want the truth? Using libdvdcss is only illegal if, and I say if, it needs to implement DeCSS to allow for encrypted DVD viewing.

"Last time I checked, here in the US, the burden of proof for a criminal offense fell onto the prosecution. And even in a civil offense, I doubt that it is possible to prove that DeCSS decryption had taken place in any single DVD viewing instance. No, the MPAA knows that most people today are too busy listening to talking heads to actually consider the likelihood of any actual laws being broken..."

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