[GLLUG] DRM run in

Charles Ulrich charles at bityard.net
Mon Nov 19 20:54:02 EST 2007

The Linux community asked and asked for a legal way to watch DVDs
using open source software but the RIAA (or whoever owns CSS) wouldn't
budge. They always claimed that CSS was implemented to deter piracy.
But of course a real pirate doesn't break the encryption, he just
copies the whole disk, encryption and all. The truth is that an open
source solution would remove their ability to control who gets to
legally make DVD players and applications.

The real purpose of all DRM is simply control over the market and
consumers in order to milk more money out of both. Maybe one day the
content distribution companies will get a clue and realize that DRM is
actually harming their business.


On Nov 19, 2007 7:07 PM, Karl Schuttler <rexykik at gmail.com> wrote:
> I had an interesting experience this weekend when we rented the DVD of
> the film Pi from her university's media library. Playing it on her
> kubuntu-clad dell laptop, we found that it had been encrypted with
> DeCSS, and thus could not watch it unless we broke the law and
> downloaded libdvdcss.
> The interesting point was when she asked me why the error came up and
> I told her it was DRM, she explaimed, "But we're not trying to copy
> it, we just want to watch it." It was really the first instance of
> this that i've came across in the wild, although I've seen it used
> time and time again in arguments against DRM (and had agreed without
> actually experiencing the frustration).
> I've personally seen an AVI file of the film at several LAN parties,
> so it just goes to prove how DRM doesn't keep file-sharers from
> getting the file, but only makes it more difficult for average joe to
> watch it.
> I just thought this was interesting and worth sharing; I'm fairly
> certain most of you feel the same way about DRM (but not necessarily
> file sharing as a whole).
> Karl
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