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Wired: DVD Player at Apex of Controversy

Mar 21, 2000, 16:15 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Hidden features included in a DVD player released in January have the Motion Picture Association of America contemplating legal action."

"Thanks to Nerdout.com, both users and the MPAA are aware that the Apex AD-600A player's DVD copyright protection scheme and regional encoding features can be overridden...."

"Unlike other DVD players, the Apex can play DVD movies created anywhere in the world. Regions are assigned specific numbers so, for example, DVDs created in Region 1 -- the United States -- can only be played in that area. But by accessing a hidden menu in the Apex player, users can turn off regional encoding."

"The player also has the ability to remove the DVD Content Scrambling System (CSS). Doing so enables users to copy DVDs, similar to the functionality of the much-maligned DeCSS utility."

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